The College of the Arts at Georgia State University announces that Dr. Nickitas Demos has been appointed Interim Director of the School of Music
Dr. Demos, who has been with School of Music for over 20 years, takes over this leadership role from Dr. Wade Weast, who is now Founding Dean of the new College of the Arts. Currently, Dr. Demos is Professor of Music, where he coordinates the Composition Studies area and directs of the neoPhonia New Music Ensemble. Dr. Demos also serves as the new Director of the Center for Collaborative & International Arts (CENCIA).
“Dr. Demos is the perfect person to lead the School of Music at this time. His GSU roots are deep and his student-centered approach to leadership is impressive,” said Dean Weast. Acknowledging his new role, Dr. Demos said, “I am deeply honored and excited to work with our superb faculty, and staff as well as our extremely talented students this coming year. I look forward to building upon the exemplary work already accomplished and helping the School of Music continue its excellent trajectory.”
Dr. Nickitas Demos holds a DMA in Composition from the Cleveland Institute of Music, a MM in Composition from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a BM in Clarinet Performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Commissions include works for the Cleveland Orchestra, Atlanta Ballet, Nashville Chamber Orchestra, Atlanta Chamber Players, and the National Association of College Wind & Percussion Instructors. He is the recipient of numerous grants and awards including: 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 18 ASCAP Awards among others. Demos’s 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 International Festival – Institute at Round Top (TX); the Ernest Bloch Music Festival (Newport, OR); 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 is recorded on Ablaze Records, Albany Records, MSR Classics and Capstone Records.