Christopher Shultis

Christopher Shultis

Christopher Shultis is a writer, composer and scholar and currently Regents' Professor of Music at the University of New Mexico where he has taught since 1980. Recipient of two Fulbright awards, he has taught at the Technische Hochschule Aachen (1993-94) and the Universität Heidelberg (1999-2000). He has served as Artistic Director of the John Donald Robb Composers' Symposium since 2001. Shultis has published articles in American Music, The Musical Quarterly, Perspectives of New Music, Tijdschrift voor Musiektheorie, the Neue Zeitschrift für Musik  and one of the three central chapters of  the Cambridge Companion to John Cage . “Cage in Retrospect: A Review Essay,” published in The Journal of Musicology won a 1997 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award. His book, Silencing the Sounded Self: John Cage and the American Experimental Tradition, is one of two books recommended in the Grout History of Western Music "for further reading" on John Cage.  As a composer and creative artist, selected performances include the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the Society of Composers International Convention, the German American Institute’s (Heidelberg, Germany) Seventh Annual Festival of Experimental Music and Literature and the University of Illinois Composers' Forum. In 2003 he was awarded a residency from the Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico and in 1993 KNME television produced a half-hour program, "Model and Reality," devoted to his creative work. Shultis’ activities as a scholar and creative artist continually draw upon his previous activities as a solo percussionist and conductor of the highly acclaimed UNM Percussion Ensemble. As Director of Percussion Studies at UNM from 1980-1996, Shultis worked closely with many composers including, among others, Ernst Krenek, Lou Harrison, Michael Colgrass and John Cage. His performance of Konrad Boehmer’s Schreeuw Van Deze Aarde for solo percussion (BV Haast, 1990) won an Edison award for best new music recording and various ensemble performances under his direction can be found on the Neuma, Wergo and 3D labels. More information can be found at www.chrisshultis.com.