Winner of the 2020 ASCAP Foundation Rudolf Nissim Prize
"nodus tollens" noun. the realization that the plot of your life doesn’t make sense to you anymore—that although you thought you were following the arc of the story, you keep finding yourself immersed in passages you don’t understand, that don’t even seem to belong in the same genre - which requires you to go back and reread the chapters you had originally skimmed to get to the good parts, only to learn that all along you were supposed to choose your own adventure." - John Koenig, The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows
CORY BRODACK (b.1997) is a composer from the St. Louis area. He composes for both electronic and acoustic mediums, with an emphasis on timbre and the uncontrollable phenomena that arise in both human performance and electronic systems. His music is inspired by individual aspects of the human condition and the unique connection between performer, score, and audience. 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. Cory's recent awards include the 2020 ASCAP Rudolf Nissim Prize and East Carolina University's New Music Initiative Orchestra Composition Competition. When not composing, Cory enjoys playing the horn and painting. He is currently pursuing his masters in composition at Bowling Green State University. Prior to Bowling Green, he earned his bachelor's from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. You can learn more about him at corybrodack.com.