Paul Rudy

Paul Rudy
Curators' Distinguished Professor of Music Composition, Composition Area Coordinator

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Paul Rudy is a composer, performer, professor, author, photographer, land artist, and harmonization coach. He has been called “the High Priest of Sound” and his music, ranging from film scores to sound healing, has been described as “the universe unfolding one sound at a time.” His photography takes the viewer “to a beautiful cosmic place where scale and time have no meaning,” and challenges us “to see an entirely obvious but rarely contemplated reality.” He also builds sacred spaces on 70 acres in Eastern Kansas that can be seen from Google Earth.

Rudy is a Rome Prize (2010), Guggenheim (2008), Fulbright (1997) and Wurlitzer Foundation (2007 and 2009) Fellow, and in 2012 won two Global Music Awards for Innovation in Sound and Mixing/Editing. Other awards include the Sounds Electric ’07 Competition (1st Prize), EMS Prize (Sweden, 1st Prize), Citta di Udine (Prize ex aequo, 2008), and has received recognition and commissions from IMEB, Bourges, SEAMUS, Meet the Composer, the American Composer’s Forum, SCI, National Music Teachers’ Association.

He is Curators’ Distinguished Professor and Coordinator of Composition at the UMKC Conservatory in Kansas City where he won the 2008 Kauffman Award for Artistic Excellence, and the 2019 Muriel McBrien Kauffman Faculty Service Award. In 1994 he completed the Colorado Grand Slam after climbing all 54 of Colorado's 14,000 ft. peaks. Rudy’s CD’s can be found at CDBaby.