Conservatory Composition Faculty Paul Rudy awarded a Rome Prize Fellowship

The Conservatory of Music and Dance is pleased to announce that Paul Rudy, Professor of Composition, Coordinator of Composition, and Director of the Inter-media/Music Production and Computer Technology Center at the Conservatory of Music and Dance has been awarded a Rome Prize Fellowship by the American Academy in Rome. The Academy awards the prestigious Rome Prize to a selected group of artists and scholars invited to Rome to pursue their creative goals in an atmosphere conducive to artistic innovation and progressive scholarship.  


Of this honor Rudy notes, "It’s a great affirmation of my current work, and opportunity to continue doing it. I’ll be working on my 2012 Stories series (4 CDs on iTunes) and working on three more CDs incorporating live performance. I will also work on two more movements of a concerto for Conservatory jazz professor Bobby Watson."  Conservatory Dean Peter Witte commented, "As the Rome Prize demonstrates, Paul is an innovator and artist of international acclaim.  We’re thrilled for Paul, proud to call him a colleague, and honored by the recognition he brings to UMKC’s Conservatory."


Over the years, the Academy paid tribute to grand ideologies and fostered collaborative relationships, which became the legacy of Rome Prize Fellows.  The Academy provides a multi-disciplinary environment where groups of talented and ambitious artists and scholars come together, influence each other, and contribute to the artistic movements and scholarly culture of their time. Central to its mission are encounters with the Eternal City, deepening and intensifying all the Academy has to offer. 


Paul Rudy has received awards from the Guggenheim (2008), Fulbright (1997) and Wurlitzer Foundations, Sounds Electric ’07 Competition (1st Prize), Bourges Electroacoustic Music Competition, EMS (Sweden 1st Prize), SEAMUS, Meet the Composer, the American Composer’s Forum, SCI, National Music Teacher’s Association and the Missouri Music Teacher’s Association. He promotes the music of living composers by curating concerts internationally and he lectures widely on the analysis of non-notated sonic art, sound in film, and timbral practice. Rudy has an avid interest in bicycling, hiking, camping, and mountaineering. 


Rudy will begin his fellowship at the American Academy in Rome, Fall 2010. 


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