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Curtis wins outstanding composition award

JACKSON, Tenn.March 9, 2009 – Union University senior Cody Curtis received the Most Outstanding Student Composition Award Feb. 27 at the Southern Chapter of the College Music Society’s regional conference in Orlando, Fla.

Curtis’ composition, a solo piano piece named “Cosmusicos” and performed by Union University music professor Terry McRoberts, president-elect of the Southern Chapter, was one of 15 compositions within the chapter’s program.

“It is the first competition I’ve entered. I didn’t go into it expecting to win,” said Curtis, of Memphis. “When they said my name for the award, I got butterflies in my stomach and I thought to myself, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me.’”

The composition is a musical representation of the big bang and the theory of evolution, Curtis said. He wrote that the piece was “composed through natural chance.”

“It’s a bit of a satire, in that a lot of scientists will look at the universe and say it came about through natural chance, which is much more absurd than saying this 300-measure piece came about by natural chance,” Curtis said.

Although Curtis presented the piece as though composed through natural chance, “Every note has meaning and reason,” he said. “Nothing was placed within the work without a purpose.”

Curtis said, “I first had the idea for the piece my freshman year of college, but I didn’t have the experience to compose it. I laid the foundations for it the spring semester of my sophomore year and cleaned it up my junior year.”

He said it took a lot of time and research.

Cody Curtis will perform his winning composition and other pieces for the public at his April 7 recital at Union.

By Megan Thompson (’12)

Media contact: Tim Ellsworth, news@uu.edu, 731-661-5215

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