Paul Novak is currently pursuing his undergraduate studies at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where he studies with Anthony Brandt. His orchestral and chamber works have been performed by ensembles including the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra, Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, National Youth Orchestra of USA, Worcester Chamber Music Society, and Face the Music. Novak has been selected as the recipient of numerous national awards, most recently from the Webster University National Composition Competition, National Young Composer’s Challenge, Young Arts Foundation Competition, MATA Jr. Festival, APU/J.W.Pepper Competition, and the University of Indianapolis Pre-College Competition. He was recently selected as one of two Composer Apprentices to the National Youth Orchestra of the USA, where he studied with Sean Shepherd, and has also participated in summer programs at Boston University Tanglewood Institute (where he was selected as the Honors Recipient), Oberlin Conservatory, and Boston Conservatory. He strives to write music that is lyrical but fragmented, engaging in a deep exploration of the subtleties of instrumental color while investigating spectral harmony. Also an accomplished flutist and advocate for contemporary music, Novak was the founder and director of the Reno-based Artemisia Chamber Ensemble, a collective of the area’s top high school players that specializes in contemporary music.