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University of Missouri, KC 
Conservatory of Music
4949 Cherry
Kansas City, MO 64110-2229
voice:  816/235-2940
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Extended Biography

Paul Rudy, born in 1962 (South Bend, Indiana), is a Fulbright Scholar (1997-98, New Zealand), Guggenhiem Fellow (2008), and won the Prize ex aequo, in the VII International Contemporary Music Contest "Città di Udine" Italy (2008) for In lake’ch, 1st Prize in Sounds Electric ’07, Dublin, Ireland (2007) for November Sycamore Leaf and the 2002 EMS Prize, Stockholm Sweden for his work Thema: Omaggio. In 2007 he was awarded a three month residency at the Wrulitzer Foundation, where he composed In lake’ch (Mayan for “I am another yourself,” also awarded recognition at the 33rd Bourges International Competition of Electroacoustic Music, 2007), incorporating spirituality, environmentalism, poetry, and Mayan cosmology in an epic hour long work of “cinema for the ear.” From April-June, 2007 he toured extensively (in Europe: UK, Sweden, Denmark, Belgium, France, Portugal, and to Cornell and Ithaca College) lecturing on his music and sound design in film (17 lectures) and giving concerts (10 concerts). He is currently Associate Professor and Coordinator of Composition at the University of Missouri, Kansas City, Conservatory of Music, where he also Directs the Intermedia/Music Production and Computer Technology Center (iMPact).  Students from this studio have won the Musica Viva Prize (Lisbon: Ian Corbett, 2002), the Musica Nova Prize (Prague: KoHo Cheung, 2002), and the International Society of Bassist Competition (Jason Bolte, 2004). He studied trumpet and jazz at Bethel College (B.A. 1984) where he later taught (88/89), and composition at The University of Colorado, Boulder (M.M. 1992) and The University of Texas at Austin (D.M.A. 1997). He has received grants form the University of Missouri Research Board (2002-2004 for an Interactive Computer Performance System) and two UMKC Faculty Research Grants (2000-01; 2002-03) as well as grants from the Mid-American Arts Alliance (2001-2003), the Belger Center for Creative Studies (2002-3), and the UMKC Computer Use Fees (1999). Other grants include a University of Missouri Premier Program Initiative for Music Composition ($250,000, 2004-2007). 

Rudy’s musical activities include composing for acoustic and electroacoustic genres; scholarly writing on timbral common practice, the analysis of electroacoustic music and film sound design; concert curation and service. In 2003 Symphonie Pastorale was chosen for the American Composer's Orchestra Whitaker Reading Sessions and his first book chapter appeared in João Pedro Oliveiros: Compositores Portugueses Contemporaneos, in Aveiro, Portugal. He currently serves on the Board of Directors as Vice President-Programs for The Society of Electroacoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS, 2003 to present). In 2005, Rudy received a commission from the Third Practice Festival for 8th Blackbird and in 2003 a commission from the Jerome Composer Commissioning Program of the American Composer's Forum. Other commissions include Meet the Composer (Music from China, 2002), newEar Ensemble (Kansas City 2001, 2002), The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (2003), and the UMKC Conservatory Gala (2004), and Accordion Orchestra.  He has also been invited to write for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition Composer’s Initiative (2002, 2004).

Love Song received mention at the 2005 Bourges Electroacoustic Music Competition, as did Degrees of Separation "Grandchild of Tree" in 2000, a work for amplified cactus and electronics which he has performed across the USA and internationally. Church Keys (for piano and tape) received Honorable Mention in the 2000 Music Teacher's National Association Shepherd's Distinguished Composers Competition, and "Composer of the Year" award from the Missouri Music Teacher's Association in 1999, and Parallax 2 "Apparitions" for Cello and Tape was a finalist in the 1999 Hultgren Biennial Solo Cello Competition. All works, which are recorded on SEAMUS (Spring, 2005), ICMC, Living Artist Recordings, SCI (Capstone Records), and CDCM (Centaur Records), are published by Twisted Trail Music. His works have been performed in New York at Merkin Hall and the Museum of Art and Design, and across the US, and internationally at the Bourges Synthése ‘99 and 06 Festivals, EAR of the SEA and the Sibelius Academy (Helsinki, Finland), the International Computer Music Conference (Göteborg, Berlin, Beijing, Ann Arbor, Singapore and Miami), Sonic Arts Network (Sheffield and Leicester, England), Spring in Havana (2000, 2002), Korean Electroacoustic Music Society (1995, 2000, 2003), the Australasian Computer Music Conference, the Fringe Festival, Wellington, New Zealand, the Aspen Music Festival, Bowling Green New Music Festival, and the American Composers Forum Sonic Circuits VII Festival, the Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival, Imagine Festival (1995, 2000 and 2004), SEAMUS (1996, 1997, 2003, 2004), SCI, and the Texas Computer Musicians Network.

From 2000-2006, Rudy was a member of the Board of Directors for Kansas City’s newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. From 1995-2001 he was the Composition Technologist at the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he taught in the Electronic Music Workshop and assisted the director of the Aspen Center for Composition Studies including coordinating student concerts, orchestral readings (and recordings), and synthesizer programming for festival orchestras. Highlights included programming car horns and fog horns for Puccini operas (under the baton of Julius Rudel), and synthesizer setups for John Adams (Nixon in China, and Violin Concerto). In 1996 he launched the Amplified Music Performance Series (AMPS) to present electroacoustic concerts to the Aspen Music Festival audience. In 1999, he created a radio show for Roaring Fork Public Radio called "The Virtual Concert Hall."  From August, 1999 to April, 2001, 37 one hour programs of electroacoustic music aired focusing on music from around the world. On June 15, 2002 "The Virtual Concert Hall" radio programs began airing weekly on Resonance FM (104.4) in London England, in partnership with the Sonic Arts Network through April 26, 2003 (47 new programs). A growing list of publications on the aesthetics and analysis of electroacoustic music includes: Organized Sound (Oxford University Press), Journal SEAMUS, Canadian Electroacoustic Community (eContact!), the International Computer Music Association, and Contemporary Portuguese Composers (Lisbon). Rudy actively curates concerts internationally: ICMC (Tualen University), SEAMs (Stockholm, Sweden), Ai-maako (Santiago, Chile) and the Kansas City Art Institute, and in 2002 was invited to lead an interactive electroacoustic music workshop at Chalmers Technical University in Göteborg, Sweden with Trevor Wishart.

Rudy also has an avid interest in outdoor activities which include bicycling, hiking, camping, and mountaineering. From 1984-1989 he was a wanderer and carpenter. In 1994 he completed the Colorado Grand Slam after climbing all 54 of Colorado's 14,000 ft. peaks. He has also climbed Mt. Rainier (Washington), Mt. Shasta and Mt. Whitney (2 of California’s 14,000 ft. summits), and Ben Nevis in Scotland (highest point in the UK).  His highest summit is Citlaltepetl (Pico de Orizaba) in central Mexico at 18,700 ft. (5,700 m.), and his life time goal is to reach somewhere above 20,000 feet.

Please visit www.paulrudy.com for more information.


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created by Paul Rudy, Janurary 2005