Cody Forrest

Florence Price Fellow


“When I was young, it was my dream to be an author. At age 13, I was researching literary agents and publishers, trying to find the best way to get my book in hands and eyes of readers. Several problems stood in my way, but the main issue: I hadn’t written a book yet.... I’ve always felt that narratives forge pathways between our souls. I couldn’t quite figure out how to accomplish this myself with fiction, but I soon discovered music’s ability to tell stories...”

— Cody Forrest


Cody W. Forrest (b. 1988) has been commissioned by Dinosaur Annex, conductor Daniel Hege, and the Cochran Wrenn Duo. His music has been performed by the Cassatt String Quartet and internationally by violinist Léo Marillier, awarded the Classic Pure Vienna International Composition Competition grand prize, an ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, NEC Honors Ensemble Award, and selected for the 2015 EarShot New Music Readings. He served as composer-in-residence for Chamber Music Campania’s 2016 festival in Varano, Italy.

Cody earned his D.M.A. from New England Conservatory, M.M. from Syracuse University, and B.M. from the University of North Texas. At Syracuse University, he was a recipient of the Heaton Fellowship, and at UNT he received the Martin Mailman Scholarship and the Outstanding Undergraduate in Composition Award his senior year. His teachers include Kati Agócs, Malcolm Peyton, Daniel Godfrey, Andrew Waggoner, and Cindy McTee.