Next Performance ­- the Juilliard String Quartet ­ 11/20/2015

Presented by: The Paul D. Higday Mozart Music Trust
Place: Missouri Theater
Date: November 20, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m.

Performance - The King's Singers – 1/30/2014

Presented by: The Paul D. Higday Mozart Music Trust
Place: Missouri Theater
Date: January 30, 2014
Time: 7:00 p.m.

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Performance - Fine Arts Quartet - 6/24/13

Presented by: The Paul D. Higday Mozart Music Trust
Place: Missouri Theater
Date: June 24, 2013
Time: 7:30 p.m.

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Performance - Christine Brewer, Soprano - 11/4/12

Presented by: The Paul D. Higday Mozart Music Trust
Place: Missouri Theater
Date: November 4, 2012
Time: *UPDATED* 3:00 p.m.

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Performance - Ken Cowan - 9/25/11

"... one of the most outstanding young organists on the scene today. His unassuming manner his sure and relaxed technique hide a fiery yet totally musical approach to organ playing."

The Diapason

"His program and performances here are certainly heroic, tailor made for this instrument, exploiting its seemingly limitless tonal resources." (recording review)

The American Organist

"... an outstanding performance by the young artist." (recording review)

American Record Guide

Presented by: The Paul D. Higday Mozart Music Trust
Place: First Presbyterian Church (16 Hitt Street, Columbia, MO)
Date: September 25, 2011
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Reception to follow

A free will offering will be taken for the Salvation Army

Columbia Area Students Will Have Access to Mozart

Left to right: Smith, O'Hagan, Baughmann, Knight, Shay

Paul D. Higday, a Columbia resident, was deeply inspired by the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, so much so that he created a trust to make the music of Mozart and other great composers readily available to other Columbia residents. In a new partnership with the School of Music at the University of Missouri, the trust is looking to expand its audience and broaden its reach.

Terry Smith, executive vice-president and dean for academic affairs at Columbia College and trustee of the Paul D. Higday Mozart Trust, contacted Robert Shay, director of the School of Music, to propose an assistantship that would help facilitate outreach programs in K-12 schools and other settings. The purpose of the assistantship is to carry out the mission of the trust, which is "to make the pleasure of [classical] music more readily available to the general public in Columbia and surrounding areas." The other directors of the trust are Dave Knight, attorney, and David O'Hagan, professor emeritus of music, Columbia College.

"When it became clear that the Missouri Theatre would not be available indefinitely for the big concerts we usually sponsor, we identified this partnership with the School of Music as a way to use trust funds to achieve the mission," says Smith.

Melissa Baughman will begin her doctoral studies in music education at MU in fall 2011 and has been chosen for the assistantship. Baughman has bachelor's and master's degrees in music education from Bowling Green State University and previously taught K-12 choir, show choir, general music, and musical theater for six years in Ohio.

"I plan to create as many opportunities as possible to carry out the trust's mission with the help of students from the School of Music as well as assistance from area schools and the community," says Baughman.

She will be making connections through the use of ensembles, student composers, and opera workshop singers. These groups will visit schools to showcase the music of Mozart and other great composers. This program is a way to incorporate music where it typically doesn't exist.

"This is a great fit for us because it will provide opportunities for students," says Shay. "One of the goals of the School of Music is to expand outreach activities, so it was a timely offer to get our students out in the community."

The program is funded for two years. If it is successful, the funding could be extended or the program could expand.

"We believe this is important work, especially because the fine arts are often the first cuts made to school budgets," says Smith.

Performance - The Harlem Quartet - 6/28/10

The Paul D. Higday Mozart Music Trust is bringing The Harlem Quartet to the Missouri Theater Center for the Arts on Monday, June 28th at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are available at the theater box office. MCTA Calendar

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Paul Higday's Commentary on the Trust

My first attachment to the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart is recalled as clearly as though the experience had happened earlier today. I was in my car driving, listening to classical music. I recall parking at home, listening to the remainder of the selection being played. I realized how truly unusual and beautiful it was, and it created an emotional experience for me unlike any other I had ever had.

I loved nearly all types of music, but from the moment the selection had ended and the composer was announced as being Mozart, I was a total captive and lover of his music. This love has continued until the present. We have discovered the precious quality in his music that is not to be found in that of any other composer. It is this feeling for the music and for the man that I wish for every person to experience.

It is a feeling which is indescribable and it had to be an ultimate of human experience.

- Paul D. Higday

Reflections on Paul Higday

Paul Higday and his family came to Columbia in 1923 in order for him and his brother to have access to a university education. His parents had visited two or three schools and towns, and then selected Columbia as their home because they liked the school and the town, and because they thought Columbia provided the best business opportunities for his father. That fall his brother enrolled at the university and Paul enrolled as a freshman at the old Columbia High School on North Eighth Street.


Recent Performances

11/20/15 The Juilliard Quartet
7/11/15 Angie Zhang, piano, with the Missouri Symphony Orchestra
6/15/15 The Ariel Quartet
6/16/14 The Dover Quartet
1/30/14 The King's Singers
6/24/13 Fine Arts Quartet
11/04/12 Christine Brewer
9/25/11 Ken Cowan
6/28/10 The Harlem Quartet
4/06/10 Midori
2/22/09 Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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Mission Statement

In consideration of my love of music and particularly my appreciation for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the man, the composer and musician, it is my wish and desire... to make the pleasure of music and in particular the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart more readily available to the general public in the City of Columbia, Missouri, and the surrounding areas.

- Paul D. Higday