Paul Novak, 18, iscurrently pursuing his undergraduate studies at the Shepherd School of Music atRice University, where he studies with Anthony Brandt. His orchestral andchamber works have been performed by ensembles including the Reno PhilharmonicOrchestra, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of USA,Worcester Chamber Music Society, and Face the Music. Novak has been selected asthe recipient of numerous national awards, most recently from the WebsterUniversity National Composition Competition, National Young Composer’sChallenge, Young Arts Foundation Competition, MATA Jr. Festival, APU/J.W.Pepper Competition, and University of Indianapolis Pre-College Competition. Hewas recently selected as one of two Composer Apprentices to the National YouthOrchestra of the USA, where he studied with Sean Shepherd, and has alsoparticipated in summer programs at Boston University Tanglewood Institute(where he was selected as the Honors Recipient), Oberlin Conservatory, andBoston Conservatory. He strives to write music that is lyrical but fragmented,engaging in a deep exploration of the subtleties of instrumental color whileinvestigating spectral harmony. Also an accomplished flutist and advocate forcontemporary music, Novak was the founder and director of the Reno-basedArtemisia Chamber Ensemble, a collective of the area’s top high school playersthat specializes in contemporary music.