Cory Brodack

Composer, 2021

A composer whose music is “at times ethereal, with masterful weaving of timbre and tone; and at times energetic, almost brutal, with unrelenting drive,” (Donovan Seidle, Calgary Philharmonic) Cory Brodack (b.1997, St. Louis) writes music rooted in an exploration of timbre and gesture, utilizing rich harmonies, long melodies, and shifting rhythms. In addition to composing, he has worked for the Municipal Theatre Association of St. Louis (The Muny) on projects such as the first staging of Jerome Robbins’s Broadway since 1989, and a new orchestration of The Wiz during the Muny’s historic centennial season.

Brodack has been awarded the ASCAP Rudolf Nissim Prize, East Carolina University’s Orchestra Composition Competition, and first place in the National Federation of Music Clubs Young Composer Competition, among other honors. With a passion for collaboration, Cory has worked with performers and ensembles including JACK Quartet, Hub New Music, Unheard-of//Ensemble, icarus Quartet, Hypercube, and Rhythm Method String Quartet. He has also received commissions from artists and groups such as Andrew Pelletier, the Metropolitan Orchestra of St. Louis, and the Steven Gerber Trust. His music has been featured at concerts and festivals including the Society of Composers National Conference, Hot Air Music Festival, UNG’s Research on Contemporary Composition Conference, and New Music on the Bayou.

He is currently pursuing his PhD in Composition at the Eastman School of Music. He received his MM in Composition from Bowling Green State University, and his Bachelor of Music from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. He has studied composition under Mikel Kuehn, Christopher Dietz, and Kimberly Archer, and has studied horn under Andrew Pelletier and James Wehrman.