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Nickitas Demos

Director for the School of Music, and Director, CENCIA    

Coordinator of Composition

Nickitas Demos (b.1962) holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition from the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University, a Master of Music degree in composition from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree in clarinet performance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His principle teachers were Donald Erb (1927-2008) and Roger Hannay (1930-2006).

His music has been described as:

“rich.powerful…” having “…remarkable substance…” as well as “…lively.attractive, kinetic and…intriguing” – Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“…fresh and exhilarating…” – The Nashville Scene

“…compelling…deeply evocative music…well worth exploring…” – Georgia Music News

“ambitious…sophisticated” and “…a reflection of the current mix of styles and aesthetic postures” – The New Music Connoisseur

“[Demos’] music is emotionally direct and powerful, full of tonal complexity and structural sophistication without ever running the risk of being merely clever… Demos is certainly a composer whose ears are open to many different musical idioms, but who is able to synthesize them into coherent music of a distinctive kind.” – MusicWeb International

“…substantive…accessible and personal, not derived from any ‘-ism.’ ” –

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