Paul Novak named Musiqa Emerging Composer Commission runner up

Paul Novak


Musiqa has announced that UChicago Department of Music graduate student Paul Novak is the runner up for their Emerging Composer Commission. Each year, the Musiqa Artistic Board choses a winner for its Emerging Composer Commission program, a national competition for early career composers. In recognition of being a runner up in this year's competition, Musiqa will perform an existing work of Novak's during the 2022-2023 season.

Rejecting grandiose narratives, the music of Chicago-based composer Paul Novak is driven by a love of small things: miniature forms, delicate soundscapes, and condensed ideas. His compositions, which draw influence from literature, art, and poetry, have been performed throughout the United States and abroad. Novak was selected for a Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and has recently received honors from the ASCAP Foundation and National Association of Composers of the USA. He has received commissions from the American Composers Orchestra, ASCAP and Society of Composers, Inc., Music from Copland House, the Boston New Music Initiative, Blackbox Ensemble, and Kinetic Ensemble.