Guggenheim Fellow Paul Rudy finds music everywhere
If you want to reach Paul Rudy, try yodeling. When not in his
office or studio, Rudy can be found bicycling, scaling a
Rudy is coordinator of composition at UMKC’s Conservatory of Music
and Dance whose discerning ear and stunning works have earned him a 2008
Guggenheim Fellowship. He is excited about the opportunity for a
semester leave, because it was during an earlier sabbatical in
“From the University’s perspective, it involves shuffling assignments
and rearranging schedules when faculty members take leave; but I really
flowered during my time in
Rudy’s scholarly path was fairly routine: earning his degrees,
teaching, leading workshops and composing. But there were some
mind-boggling detours along the way.
A fellowship from
the Fulbright Foundation supported a trip to
“I have always had a love affair with sounds. Increasingly, I
came to see their power to stir us emotionally and physically. The
right combination of sounds can help us get our own houses in order,
then begin to reconcile with others. Sound is a portal to the
For his Guggenheim application, Rudy submitted a movement from In
Lake’ch and a composition, November Sycamore Leaf, that won a
prize in 2007 at the Sounds Electric electroacoustic competition in
Without false modesty, Rudy credits the Conservatory for his expanding talents.
“I pinch myself every morning to make sure this position, these friends like Zhou Long and Chen Yi and Jim Mobberley and my great students are all real. It feels like I’m dreaming.”
Christopher Biggs, a UMKC DMA student in music composition, provides the student point of view in working with Rudy.
"Paul Rudy is a dedicated and inspiring teacher. His comments about music have profoundly affected my artistic thought. His positive attitude and excitement significantly have enriched my educational experience at UMKC."