KU News Release

Oct. 7, 2010
Contact: Erin Curtis-Dierks, School of Music, (785) 864-9742

Music student wins multiple awards for children's CD

Cory Hills

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LAWRENCE — A University of Kansas music student has won two national awards for his CD of children’s music.

Cory Hills, a doctoral student in percussion performance, received the Gold Award in the National Parenting Publications Awards for “The Lost Bicycle,” an album of original percussion music adapted from children’s stories. The album will be featured in Parenthood magazine, Parenthood.com and dozens of other media outlets, reaching more than 1.5 million people.

“The Lost Bicycle” also won a silver honor in the 2010 Parents’ Choice Awards from the Parents’ Choice Foundation, the nation’s oldest nonprofit guide to children’s media and toys.

Hills released “The Lost Bicycle” in May. It was engineered and mastered by KU School of Music recording engineer Colin Mahoney.

Hills has commissioned and premiered dozens of new works for solo percussion. He is the creator of the Percussive Art of Storytelling, an outreach program that brings classical music to underserved communities. For this work, Hills has earned numerous grants and was named the 2009 Emerging Artist for the Kansas Arts Commission.

Hills is a member of SI2, an interdisciplinary arts duo with Matthew Coley. He was a featured performer at the 2008 convention for the International Society for Improvised Music and the 2009 Days of New Music Festival in Chisinau, Moldova. In addition, Hills sponsors the annual Con/un/drum Solo Percussion Composition Competition designed to increase repertoire for solo percussion. As an advocate for percussion as a global artistic discipline, Hills was named artist-in-residence at Rocky Mountain National Park and a fellow at the OMI international artists residency.

Hills is a frequent guest artist and clinician throughout North America and Europe, giving master classes and recitals, and is a member of the Percussive Arts Society’s Education Committee. He has performed with the National Symphony Orchestra, Queensland Choir and Topeka Symphony, and soloed with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra and the United States Army Band.

Hills has degrees from Northwestern University and Queensland Conservatorium and received a research fellowship to Institute Fabrica.

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