MU School of Music names choir room in honor of Sheryl Crow


The University of Missouri School of Music named its choir hall after one of its best-known songbirds.

The space where her backing vocals rehearse and perform is now called Sheryl Crow Hall, for the revered singer-songwriter, according to a Facebook post on Friday morning. Crow, a native of Kennett, graduated from MU in 1984 with a degree in music education.

Crow gave a helping hand as the school raised funds for its Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield music center, where its namesake hall is located, the post noted.

“His signature benefit concert in 2015 was a highlight of the campaign. We are very grateful to him for making this impactful performance and his continued advocacy possible for the MU School of Music possible,” we read on Facebook.

The nine-time Grammy winner returned to her college town last fall to headline the Roots N Blues festival. There, Crow was inducted into the Missouri Roots Songbook, the festival’s equivalent to a hall of fame, which honors Missouri artists who have deeply shaped roots music.

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During Crow’s Roots N Blues set, she testified to how much fun she had as a college student at Columbia and dropped a “MIZ” or two at the end of her hit song “Soak Up the Sun “.

The Sinquefield Center opened in 2020, and among its many features, the 2,500-square-foot choir hall has a 100-seat capacity and features a 7-foot Steinway grand piano, according to the website. ‘Music school. Equipped both for rehearsals as well as for solo and chamber performances, it has “a wooden floor and a large technical booth on the back wall in addition to variable acoustic curtains and permanent levels” .

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