Paul John Rudoi
/ Eugene, OR
Member since April 2018
Paul John Rudoi is an award-winning composer, conductor, tenor vocalist, and arts entrepreneur.
Deemed “indisputably unique, confident, and innovative” through the American Prize, Paul’s award-winning compositions have been commissioned and performed by various ensembles and artists throughout North America and Europe. His work has garnered numerous grants from the Jerome Foundation, the ACF, MRAC, MSAB, the NEA, and ASCAP. His music is published through PJR Music alongside Graphite, Santa Barbara, Walton, Morningstar, and ECS music publishers.
As a professional tenor vocalist, Paul has performed and recorded a wide range of music in professional ensembles nationwide, including Seraphic Fire, The Santa Fe Desert Chorale, and Cantus. During his tenure in Cantus, he premiered dozens of new works, traveled on four continents, conducted and educated via masterclasses driven by Cantus’ artistic and programming model, and advocated for arts education and empowerment through various outreach opportunities nationwide.
Paul is also a fierce advocate for new music trends, resources, and issues. His presentation at the 2015 NDSU Choral Symposium, “LIVING SETS: Choral Organisms for the 21st Century,” proposed that the entire choral field should consider new music in the context of composers’ lifelong musical contributions, not just one’s next popular published work. He is also the CEO of “Consortio,” designed to help composers, conductors, and ensembles find common themes and interests for consortium-based commissioning while offering tools and services to make such commissioning more readily accessible and feasible.
Paul holds degrees from The Hartt School and the University of Oregon (expected June, 2018). His teachers have included Sharon Paul, Robert Kyr, Libby Larsen, and Edward Bolkovac.
I know that art speaks to the humanity in all of us. I know that music offers us an opportunity to sound something about this humanity in a uniquely aural way, and I know that the voice is the most universal manifestation of that music. I choose to write primarily vocal music for this reason, hoping that my organic creative process allows for maximum emotional and musical clarity.
My music is governed by the texts I choose to set, their spoken rhythms and contour influencing all aspects of the music I compose. I begin with initial diagrams based on syllables, vocal shapes, consonant clusters, and climaxes within the poetic line. I then create melodies derived from the expansion of each line’s spoken contour. From these melodies I create my harmonic and rhythmic structures which I then merge with the initially created diagram-influenced form.
I know my future lies in bridging divisions between commercial and academic, professional and amateur, vocal and instrumental, technological and human, so that even during a time so full of objects and distractions, our common artistic ground might remind us of our own humanity.
Listen to works by Paul John Rudoi
SATB or equal voices and djembe
This unique concert round is a perfect blend of elements: minimal, mantra-like vocal material but crafted and paced in a masterful way. The djembe adds a lot of depth to this piece, and the climactic section calling for peace will send chills down your spine. "Gamaya" can be learned quickly and effectively for a festival context and provides enough depth of musicality for other concert experiences.
Fusing different international and EDM-inspired rhythms with his current harmonic language, Paul John Rudoi's third piece in the NONSENSE living set is engaging, intricate, and truly unique. Building to an ecstatic flurry of sound, "Nde" is the continuation of an exploration into the inner workings of choral orchestration.
Yonder Come Day (arr.)
SATB, TTBB, or SSAA, and tambourine
My arrangement of Yonder Come Day deepens the traditional Georgia Sea Islands tune with a narrative journey. Through other well known spirituals, including Hush, Hush, Somebody's Calling My Name, Steal Away, and Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, we move forward and upward, hoping for a better day.
Spheres of Influence
SATB a cappella
Spheres of Influence is a two-work set for advanced chorus that focuses on the meaningful connections between gigantic and microscopic elements.
Comet takes the audience on a journey of galactic proportions, painting the picture of a comet swirling and dancing past planets and the sun, only to be thrown out into the vastness of space. In contrast, You Carry Oceans Within takes the audience on a journey of love in a simultaneously galactic and intimate context.