Paul Novak headshotPaul Novak, of Reno, Nevada, has won the chamber category for the Azusa Pacific University/J.W.Pepper High School Composition Contest, with his composition January Fragments for piano.

A high school senior at the Davidson Academy of Nevada, Mr. Novak is the founder and director of the Artemisia Chamber Ensemble, the region’s premiere high school chamber ensemble, including the most talented high school classical musicians from Reno high schools, in which he plays flute and oboe. His composition teacher is Dr. James Winn at the University of Nevada, Reno. The principal flutist of the Reno Philharmonic Youth Symphony Orchestra, he has also composed for the Reno Philharmonic Orchestra.

He has participated in Boston University’s Tanglewood Institute Young Artist Composer Program, and has won acclaim in several national composition competitions, including the National Young Composer’s Challenge, the University of Indianapolis Pre-College Young Composer’s Contest, the National Young Arts Foundation, and the Webster University National Young Composer’s Competition.

Each of the 2016 winners receives a $1000 cash prize, a recorded live performance by an Azusa Pacific University ensemble or performer, consideration for publication by J.W.Pepper, and a 1 year membership in J.W.Pepper’s My Score™ service.