Associate Professor of Music Composition
School of Music
College of Performing and Visual Arts
- PhD Music Composition, University at Buffalo
- MM Music Composition, Southern Methodist University
- BME, Wichita State University
- University of Northern Colorado, 2008 - present
- Brevard College, 1995 - 2008
The music of Paul Elwood often incorporates his background as a folk musician and
experimentalist on the five-string banjo with that of his voice as a composer who
loves the processes and syntax of contemporary writing. Residencies he has received
include the American Academy in Rome as Southern Regional Visiting Composer, the Wurlitzer
Foundation of New Mexico, MacDowell Colony, Djerassi Artists Residence Program, Ucross
Foundation, Camargo Foundation (France), Fundacion Valparaiso (Spain), and the Harwood
Museum of Art in Taos. In 2000 he was awarded the Sigma Alpha Iota Philanthropies
Inter-American Music Award for Vigils for solo piano, and was featured as a composer
and performer in Moscow, Mexico City, Marseille (France), Wollongong (Australia),
Edinburgh (Scotland), Darmstadt (Germany), and all over the U.S. As a composer his
music has been performed by the symphonies of North Carolina, Charleston, and Wichita,
by the Callithumpian Consort of the New England Conservatory, Zeitgeist, pianist Stephen
Drury, Tambuco (the Mexican Percussion Quartet), and pipa players Min Xiao-Fen and
Gao Hong, among others.
As a performer he won the Kansas State Banjo Championship, worked with guitarist Eugene
Chadbourne, cellist Hank Roberts, French saxophonist Raphael Imbert, Andrew Bishop’s
Hank Williams Project, Electric Cowboy Cacophony, and bluegrass legend John Hartford,
performed live on MTV Europe, and played percussion in a number of orchestras. His
music is published by C.F. Peters and Smith Publications. Elwood’s teachers were J.C.
Combs (percussion), and composers Donald Erb, David Felder, Walter Mays, Arthur S.
Wolff, and Charles Wuorinen.
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Honors and Awards
- The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Center residency program to compose Atmospheric
Rivers: a composition for solo piano and electronics, for pianist Kathleen Supove,
- The UNC Provost’s Fund for Scholarship and Professional Development (2016), $10,000,
to record a CD of original music for release on Innova Recordings, St. Paul, Minnesota,
spring of 2017, with percussionist Eddie Prévost, the University of Iowa Percussion
Ensemble under the direction of Daniel Moore, and the Callithumpian Conosort of the
New England Conservatory.
- The UNC Summer Scholarship Initiative, $2000, to record a CD of original music with
Famoudou Don Moye, percussionist with the Art Ensemble of Chicago, 2011.
- Scholar of the Year, University of Northern Colorado College of Visual and Performing
- Home Depot: $2000 in power tools to stage my composition Clean Cut for solo cello,
percussion, and power tools, at UNC 2011.
- American Music Center Composer Assistance Program grant, $1500, to travel to Sophia,
Bulgaria, as featured guest composer on the AmBul Festival of New American and Bulgarian
- Aaron Copland Fund for Music Recording Program grant for the production and release
of Stanley Kubrick’s Mountain Home, CD on Innova Recordings, $6000, 2010.
- Harwood Museum of Art, Taos, New Mexico, artist-in-residence, summer 2010; spring
2009; summer 2008.
- Jerome Foundation Composers Commissioning Grant, $7500, with the Zeitgeist new music
ensemble of St. Paul, Minnesota, for the creation of a new composition, a forty-four
- Camargo Foundation, Cassis, France, fellowship in music composition, 2006.
- Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, Taos, New Mexico fellowship in music composition, 2005.
- Djerassi Artist Resident Program, Woodside, California, artist fellow, 2003, 2000.
- Third place in the category for instruments and computer, Pierre Schaeffer Computer
Music Competition, the Accademia Musicale Pescarese (Italy), for Meadows of Flame,
amplified piano and Max-programmed MIDI keyboard, 2002.
- MacDowell Colony, Norton Stevens Fellow in music composition, Peterborough, New Hampshire,
- Winner of the Inter-American Music Awards for Vigils for solo piano, Sigma Alpha Iota
Philanthropies, Inc., 2000
- Southern Regional Visiting Composer, American Academy in Rome, Italy, 1998