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Carson McCullers Composer Residency

The Carson McCullers Composer Residency Program is a collaboration between Columbus State University's Carson McCullers Center for Writers and Musicians and the Schwob School of Music. Made possible by contributions to CSU's Capital Campaign, the program annually commissions an internationally-known composer to write a new work for the CSU Percussion Ensemble.

The first recipient of the residency was Dr. Eric Moe from Pittsburgh University. The commissioned work I Have Only One Itching Desire (2006) was based on the drumming from the Jimmy Hendrix song “FIRE”.

Excerpt from I Have Only One Itching Desire

Dr. Brian Cherney, head of composition at McGill University and one of Canada's leading composers was the resident composer in 2007. The work entitled “In Gottes Gärten schweigen die Engel “ (In God's Gardens The Angels Grow Silent) featured Paul Vaillancourt as soloist with the ensemble.

Excerpt from In Gottes Gärten schweigen die Engel

Nico Muhly, resident composer in 2008 is probably best known for his work with film (Joshua) and his collaborations with such artists as Bjork, the Boston Pops and Philip Glass. For media samples please see our YouTube channel.

Nico Muhly