Alumni Spotlight: Cody Kauhl


Cody Kauhl is a composer and multimedia artist that pairs found sound and video with the intimacy of the human voice. His work has been performed at international and national festivals and conferences including the International Computer Music Conference and Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States. He is currently artist-in-residence at the Charlotte Street Foundation Studio Residency Program. Cody graduated in 2011 with a B.M. in Music Theory/Composition at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and received his M.M. in Music Composition at the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 2015.

Cody regularly collaborates with choreographers and visual, spoken word, and performing artists. He has had his work played at the Florida State University Festival of New Music, Center of Cypriot Composers, MUSLAB, Sacramento State Festival of New American Music, Metanast, Hot Air Music Festival, New Horizons Music Festival, Gallery MC, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City Art Institute, Electronic Music Midwest, Bang! Festival, Noisefloor, Electroacoustic Barn Dance, Animation Block Party, Great Plains Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference, Kansas City Electronic Music and Arts Alliance, and Kansas City Fringe Festival. As a composer, Cody has worked with a variety of ensembles including the PRISM Quartet, the Boston New Music Initiative, the Black House Collective, UMKC Musica Nova, SIUE Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Percussion Ensemble, and the University of Nebraska – Lincoln Donald A. Lentz Concert Band. He has studied under Kimberly Archer, Rome Prize winners James Mobberley and Paul Rudy, and Charles Ives Living Award winner Chen Yi. Cody acted as composer-in-residence at the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts in February 2014 and at the Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in February 2015. His work can be found on Ablaze Records.

Of his time at SIUE, Cody says,

It can often be difficult to asses the quality of a product, service, or education without means to compare it. Years ago, I completed my undergraduate music degree at SIUE but I had no clue if I was prepared for my impeding graduate work. However, after passing all of my entrance exams at UMKC, I became confident that I received a quality education at SIUE.

Although immediate accomplishments are critical, I believe the best judgment of a quality education lies in the current success of the graduate. I am fortunate enough to be a prime example as I recently returned from a business trip to Greece. There, in Athens, I presented one of my compositions at the International Computer Music Conference, the top academic gathering for electronic music in the world. Earlier that summer, I traveled to Bangkok, Thailand for the Thailand International Composition Festival. In the past two years, I attended various festivals and conferences across the U.S. as my compositions garnered increasing accolades.

My graduation from SIUE seems far removed in time but I know my education there has had a direct effect on my current success. After traveling to and becoming acquainted with many different universities, I feel confident that my instruction at SIUE is one to be truly proud of.









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