Coordinator of Composition
Nickitas Demos (b. 1962) holds a DMA from the Cleveland Institute of Music, a MM from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a BM from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His principal teachers were Donald Erb (1927-2008) and Roger Hannay (1930-2006).
Commissions include works for the Cleveland Orchestra, Atlanta Ballet, Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Atlanta Chamber Players, and the National Association of College Wind & Percussion Instructors. His awards include Finalist in the 2016 American Prize in Composition – Orchestra; Semi-Finalist in the 2015 Rapido! Composition Competition; MacDowell Arts Colony Fellowship (2012); Grand Prize in the 2004 Millennium Arts International Competition for Composers; Grand Prize in the 2005 Holyoke Civic Symphony Composition Competition; and 20 ASCAP Awards among others. Demos’ works have been programmed at festivals, symposia, and conferences including the 43rd Dimitria Festival (Thessaloniki, Greece); the 18th International Review of Composers (Belgrade Serbia); the New Music Forum Festival of Contemporary Music (San Francisco, CA); and at National and Regional Conferences of the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI) and the College Music Society (CMS). His music is self-published through Sylvan Lake Press (ASCAP) and recorded on Ablaze Records, Albany Records, MSR Classics and Capstone Records.
Demos served as Director of the Georgia State University School of Music from June, 2017 to June, 2021 and is Coordinator of Composition Studies. He is the Artistic Director of the neoPhonia New Music Ensemble and Director of the Center for Collaboration & Innovation in the Arts (CENCIA) within the Georgia State University College of the Arts. Co-Artistic Director of the SoundNOW Contemporary Music Festival, he also served on the Board of Directors for the MacDowell Colony (2013-2016), the Executive Committee of the Society of Composers, Inc. (2005-2014) and was a Co-Founder of Bent Frequency, a professional ensemble based in Atlanta, serving as Composer-In-Residence and Artistic Board member (2003-2008).
For current information, score samples, audio excerpts, videos, blog and much more, please visit: http://nickitasdemos.com