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2018-19 Call for Scores Winners

Devon Osamu Tipp

Shaped by sonic sensitivity from a young age, Pittsburgh based composer/performer Devon Osamu Tipp creates unorthodox musical environments from ostensibly incompatible realms. A PhD student at the University of Pittsburgh, Tipp’s music draws influence from his Japanese and Eastern European roots, his experiences as a jeweler and painter, and his studies of gagaku and hogaku in Japan and the US. His compositions focus on rhythmic and timbral transmutation of cyclical materials, ranging from the orchestral, to string basses prepared with honey stirrers, to concerti for traditional Japanese instruments. He received his BMus from Montclair State University, where he studied composition and microtonal music with Dean Drummond, and shakuhachi with Elizabeth Brown. His music has been performed by microtonal specialists Kjell Tore Innervik, Veli Kujala and Tolgahan Çogulu. He has also worked with Rarescale, the Thin Edge New Music Collective, the Sudbury Guitar Trio, and members of Avanti! Chamber Orchestra. His compositions have been featured at the Soundscape Festival, Bowdoin Festival, Atlantic Music Festival, Sävellyspaja Summer Composition Masterclasses, and the Tokyo International Double Reed Society Conference. For more information, please visit

NAT 28 will perform his work Blood on the Pavement 1984 for bass clarinet, violin, viola, cello, and piano.

Xinyang Wang

Xinyang Wang, a Ph.D. candidate in Music Composition and Theory at the University of Pittsburgh, is a multiple-prize winner of various composition competitions and has his compositions frequently played around the world.

NAT 28 will perform his work San-Guei for flute, clarinet, violin, viola, and cello.

Cullyn D. Murphy

Cullyn D. Murphy (b.1993) is a composer, conductor, vocalist, and educator from Champaign, Illinois. His music has been performed by the JACK Quartet, Longleash Trio, Thompson Street Opera Company, New Music Gathering, Concrete Timbre Series, Atlantic Music Festival, New Music On the Point Festival, Illinois State University's Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Louisville University Symphony Orchestra, Hillary LaBonte, Wm. Riley Leitch, and many others. Murphy's music has been described as “theatrical," "riveting and inventive,” and "push[ing] the idea of what music and musical organization is." (Composer's Toolbox) His music draws from his experiences in absurdity, theater, and current events.

Murphy received his B.M.E. in Music Education-Choral and his B.M. in Theory/Composition from Illinois State University, M.M. in Music Composition at the University of Louisville where he was a recipient of the Bomhard Fellowship, and is currently pursuing his Ph.D. in Composition and Theory at the University of Pittsburgh where he received the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Fellowship. In the fall of 2017, he co-founded AmiEnsemble (an experimental trio) for whom he regularly composes, directs, and performs. Murphy has been invited to lecture at Illinois State University and Parkland Community College. He has participated in master classes with Joan Tower, Lee Hyla, Steven Stucky, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez, George Lewis, Ted Hearne, Kate Soper, and Andrew Norman. His private studies include Roy Magnuson, Carl Schimmel, Martha C. Horst, Steve Rouse, and Eric Moe.

NAT 28 will perform his work Come to/Hypnic Jerk for piccolo, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, and percussion.

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