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zvonimir nagy

Zvonimir Nagy

Associate Professor of Music
Mary Pappert School of Music
Musicianship

School of Music, Room 2Q
Phone: 412.396.5494
nagyz@duq.edu
www.nagymusic.com

Education:

D.M., Northwestern University, 2009
M.M., Texas Christian University, 2005
A.D., Texas Christian University, 2003
B.M., Academy of Music, University of Zagreb, 1999
Biography

Zvonimir Nagy is a Croatian-born, American composer, performer, and music scholar. His creative and research work extends into interdisciplinary contexts and perspectives on music and embodiment, forging connections between psychology, philosophy, and the arts.

Nagy composes acoustic, choral, electroacoustic, and multimedia music, and he writes primarily for orchestra, chamber ensemble, choir, and solo musicians. His compositions are informed by his research in music psychology, while stylistically his recent works are influenced by postminimalism, dynamic systems, and issues of spirituality and the musically sublime. A selection of his instrumental music is published by Aldebaran Editions (Italy), Musik Fabrik Edition (France), and choral and organ works are available at Paraclete Press and World Library Publications. Vestiges, a CD recording featuring his works for solo piano is available on the MSR Classics label "Discover Series."

Nagy's research field is music and embodiment, and his areas of specialization are embodied music cognition, creativity studies, contemporary music and spirituality, music and ritual, and the aesthetics of contemporary music. His recently published book monograph, entitled "Embodiment of Musical Creativity: The Cognitive and Performative Causality of Musical Composition" (Routledge, 2016, An Ashgate Book in the SEMPRE Series on the Psychology of Music) offers an innovative look at the interdisciplinary nature of creativity in music. In the book, he investigates the psychological attributes of creative cognition whose associations become the foundation for an understanding of embodied creativity in musical composition.

As an organist, pianist, and church musician, his interests are in contemporary music, conducting, and improvisation. He resides in Pittsburgh with his wife, Haley and sons Luka and Niko. For more information, please visit www.nagymusic.com.

Courses

Graduate Courses
Form and Analysis, GMTH 533 (MUSC 431)
Music Since 1950, GMTH 558
Orchestration, GMTH 540 (MUSC 340)
Perspectives on Musical Creativity, GMLI 557
Topics in Music Theory and Analysis: Cognitive Music Theory, GMTH 549 (MUSC 426)
Topics in Music Theory and Analysis: Listening to Modern Music, GMUS 549

Undergraduate Courses
Composition II, MUSC 352
Composition III, MUSC 313
Electronic Composition (composition lessons), MUTK 315
Introduction to Composition I, MUSC 255
Musicianship III Written and Aural-Oral, MUSC 201-202
Musicianship IV Written and Aural-Oral, MUSC 211-212

Commissions, Grants, Awards, and Honors

Composition Grants and Commissions

2017 Investing in Professional Artists Grant
Solo Organ Compositions CD Album Recording and Release with PARMA Recordings
The Pittsburgh Foundation and The Heinz Endowments, Pittsburgh, PA

202016 where love resides (2017) for unaccompanied women's choir

Commissioned by Belle Voci Choral Ensemble, Pittsburgh, PA

2015 Ricercar dell'affinità (2015) for flute 8'
Commissioned by the Risuonanze Festival, Venice, Italy

2015 Liquescence (2016) for three woodwind instruments 13'
Commissioned by Kamratōn Ensemble, Pittsburgh, PA

2015 Leib und Körper (2015) two movements for trombone and organ 11'
Commissioned by Edward Kocher for the dedication of the new Jaeckel organ at
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

2014 Kaleidoscope (2014, rev. 2015) for piano, accordion and live electronics 9'
Commissioned by Elisa Järvi and Andrea Kiefer, Helsinki, Finland and Swisttal, Germany

2013 Angel Antiphons (2013) for chamber orchestra 8'
Commissioned by Alia Musica Ensemble, Pittsburgh, PA

2010 Faculty Research Grant, St. Xavier University, Chicago, IL
of the lake II (2011) for piano-studio recording

2008 Wyatt Fund Grant, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Pax Æterna for unaccompanied SATB choir (2008/rev. 2014)

2007 of the lake I (2007, rev. 2014) for piano 7'
Commissioned by David Kalhous, Chicago, IL

2007 Abide in Love (2007) for SATB choir and instrumental ensemble (fl, perc, hp, org, vlc) 13'
Commissioned by Trinity United Methodist Church, Wilmette, IL

1998 Valse Burlesque (1998) for violin and piano 5'
Commissioned by Vlatka Pejhan and Srebrenka Poljak, Zagreb, Croatia

Awards and Honors

Summer 2016 Bruno Maderna International Composition Competition (Finalist, Special Mention), Lviv, Ukraine
Angel Annunciation for violoncello and piano (2014)

Spring 2016 Boston Choral Ensemble Commission Competition (Finalist), Boston, MA
Fall 2015 Open Space Festival of New Music Call for Scores (Finalist)
Epigram Variations for four cellos (2014)

Spring 2014 Boston Choral Ensemble Commission Competition (Finalist), Boston, MA
Eternal Peace for unaccompanied SATB choir (2013)

Winter 2013 New Music for St Paul's Competition (semi-finalist), St Paul's Cathedral, London, United Kingdom
light of light for unaccompanied SATB choir (2013)

Spring 2013 Choral Composition Prize, Wicker Park Choral Singers, Chicago, IL
Pax Æterna for unaccompanied SATB choir (2008/rev. 2014)

Spring 2013 International Sacred Music Composers Competition (honorable mention)
Foundation for Sacred Music Composers, Menlo Park, CA
Pax Æterna for unaccompanied SATB choir (2008/rev. 2014)

Spring 2012 Sounds New Ensemble Call for Scores (Finalist)
Enchantments four movements for violin, cello and piano (1998, rev. 2013)

Spring 2012 MATA Music Festival Commission Competition (Finalist)
Intimate Harmonies for string quartet (2008, rev. 2011)

Winter 2012 Seattle Symphony Composition Prize, Celebrate Asia Festival, Seattle, WA
Suizen symphonic evocation for shakuhachi flute and orchestra (2012)

Fall 2011 Finalist for the 2011 BBC/University of Aberdeen Composition Prize, Aberdeen, United Kingdom
Ayres two movements for trumpet and string quartet (2011)

Fall 2011 American Modern Ensemble Composition Competition (Finalist)
Intimate Harmonies for string quartet (2008, rev. 2011)

Fall 2011 André Marchal International Organ Competition (Semi-Finalist), Biarritz, France

Fall 2011 Iron Composer Award (1st prize)
Vox Reginæ Organalis for organ and music box (2011)

Spring 2010 Swan Prize in Choral Composition, The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Cantus Jubilus for unaccompanied SATB choir and soloists (2009)

Spring 2009 American Choral Directors Association Composition Contest (Finalist). Rock Valley College, Rockford, IL
Rose for unaccompanied TTBB choir (2007)

Fall 2008 Composition Assistance Grant, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Intimate Harmonies for string quartet (2008, rev. 2011)

Spring 2008 Karlins Prize in Musical Composition, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
Vestiges for piano (2003)

Winter 2005 Texas Music Teachers National Association Composition Competition (3rd prize)
Somewhere Else: Homage to Olivier Messiaen for string quartet (2004)

Spring 2005 Hall National Organ Competition (Honorable Mention), San Antonio, TX

Spring 2005 Durington Composition Award, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
And so she said... for piano (2005)

Fall 2003 Darko Lukić Young Artist Award for Creative Activity, Vatroslav Lisinski Hall, Zagreb, Croatia

Fall 2002 Juraj Haulik Croatian Music Institute Award, Croatian Music Institute, Zagreb, Croatia

Grants and Nominations for Scholarly Work

2015 Society of Music Theory Subvention Grant (external, peer-reviewed)
Book project, Embodiment of Musical Creativity

2013 Presidential Scholarship Award. Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA (internal)
Article publication, The Apperception of Musical Creativity

2012 Faculty Summer Stipend NEH Nomination. Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA
Book project, Embodiment of Musical Creativity

Publications

Book Monograph

Nagy, Z. 2016. Embodiment of Musical Creativity: The Cognitive and Performative Causality of Musical Composition. Abingdon, United Kingdom: Routledge (The Ashgate Book).

Discography

Nagy, Z. 2016. Angel Annunciation. Aldebaran Editions, compact disk. Featured composer.
Nagy, Z. 2014. Vestiges: Works for Solo Piano. MSR Classics "Discover Series" MS1515, compact disk.

Journal Article

Nagy, Z. 2015. "The Apperception of Musical Creativity: Performance as Ritual, Composition as Self Realization." Creativity Research Journal 27 (1), 1-8.

Musical Scores

Nagy, Z. 2016. Angel Annunciation: for violoncello and piano (2012). Rovato, Italy: Aldebaran Editions.
Nagy, Z. 2016. Christmas Prelude: for organ (2006). Orleans, MA: Paraclete Press.
Nagy, Z. 2016. Preludes for a Prayer: seven movements for organ (2012). Orleans, MA: Paraclete Press.
Nagy, Z. 2015. Vestiges: for piano (2003). Lagny sur Marne, France: Editions De La Musique Fabrique.
Nagy, Z. 2014. Eternal Peace: for unaccompanied SATB, SSAA choirs (2013). Orleans, MA: Paraclete Press.
Nagy, Z. 2014. Carol Lullaby: for unaccompanied SATB, SAB choirs; SATB choir and flute; treble voices and keyboard (2012). Orleans, MA: Paraclete Press.
Nagy, Z. 2014. Verset: for organ (2012). Orleans, MA: Paraclete Press.
Nagy, Z. 2014. Vocalise: for organ (2007). Orleans, MA: Paraclete Press.
Nagy, Z. 2013. Collage: for oboe, clarinet and bassoon (1998, rev. 2014). Lagny sur Marne, France: Editions De La Musique Fabrique.
Nagy, Z. 2013. Eyes of Mercy: for unaccompanied SATB choir (2010, rev. 2013). Franklin Park, IL: World Library Publications.
Nagy, Z. 2013. Call to Prayer: for unaccompanied SATB choir; SAB choir and organ (2007). Franklin Park, IL: World Library Publications.
Nagy, Z. 2013. God of Light: for children's choir, descant and organ (1994, rev. 2012). Franklin Park, IL: World Library Publications "Pueri Cantores Series."
Nagy, Z. 2013. Enchantments: four movements for violin, cello and piano (1998, rev. 2014). Lagny sur Marne, France : Editions De La Musique Fabrique.

For a complete list of works, commissions, and performances visit http://www.nagymusic.com/composition/portfolio/

Performance, Presentations, and Talks

Compositions Performances

For a complete catalog of compositions and performances, visit the Online Composition Portfolio

Scholarly Presentations

From Spirit-Within Sound-To Self
Arts + Spirituality: 2017 Verge Conference
Trinity Western University, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2017

Improvisation as Real-Time Composition
Musicking: Improvisation, Ornamentation, and Variation
The University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, 2017

The Embodied Creativity of Musical Composition
Embodied Monologues Symposium
Maynooth University, Maynooth, Ireland, 2017

Improvisation as Real-Time Composition
The Improvising Brain III: Cultural Variation and Analytical Approaches
Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, 2017

Multimodality of Creative Experience: Towards the Embodiment of Musical Creativity
International Conference on the Multimodal Experience of Music
The University of Sheffield, Sheffield, United Kingdom, 2015

Ligeti's White on White: Embodied Cognition of the Compositional Process
International Festival for Artistic Innovation,
Leeds College of Music, Leeds, United Kingdom, 2014

Extemporaneous Sublime: Indeterminacy and Transience of the Improvised Moment
American Guild of Organists National Conference, Boston, MA, 2014

Ligeti's White on White: Embodied Cognition of the Compositional Process
György Ligeti Symposium and Festival, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL, 2013

From Soul–Within Sound–to Self
International Festival on Spirituality and Music Education
The University of Vilnius, Vilnius, Lithuania, 2013

Performance as Ritual; Creativity as Prayer
Aesthetics and Pedagogy of Charles Tournemire Symposium
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2012

Scholarly Talks, Workshops, and Masterclasses

Composing Inner Resonance: Contemporary Musical Settings of the Passion
Catholic Artistic Imagination Speaker Series
Center for the Catholic Intellectual Tradition
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, 2015

Art and Music in Abrahamic Religions. Lecture-Recital
Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL, 2012

Guest Composer Lecture and Composition Master Class
The University of Simón Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela, 2011

Composition and Choral Ensemble Workshop
The University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, 2010