HALL (b. 1959) was born in San Francisco, CA. He holds a B.A. degree in Music from the University of California, Santa Barbara (1982), completing studies with Emma Lou Diemer and Peter Racine Fricker, and a Diploma degree in Composition from the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia PA (1986), where he studied with Ned Rorem. From 1993 to 2005 he was Vice-President of the Maine Composer's Forum (MCF), and served from 2005-present as President of the MCF. In 2000 he was elected to the membership of the American Composers Alliance (ACA). His works are published by the ACA. He is a Fellow of the Ucross Foundation, a member of the American Composers Forum, and the American Music Center.
In 1991 he received a commission for the Hardanger Trio from the Maine Music Teachers National Association. Mr. Hall was selected as the "Maine Composer of the Year" in 1997 by the Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music, Brunswick, ME. Arkadia, commissioned in 2000 by the Arcady Chamber Orchestra, Bar Harbor, ME, received several performances at various venues in Maine. He appeared as guest on and subject of the July 8, 2000 Kalvos and Damien New Music Bazaar radio show entitled "Basic Instinct". Mr. Hall's Water: 2 Poems of W.S. Merwin for Soprano and Orchestra will appear on ERMMedia's Masterworks of the New Era CD series.
He has composed nearly forty works for varied ensembles. He has participated in concerts by the ACA, Society of Composers, Inc., Maine Arts, Gamper Festival, The Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, Ought-One Festival, and in numerous concerts of the Maine Composers Forum. His MAX algorithm 21st Century Baroque for computer and sampling device(s) appeared on the MAX list CD-ROM.
Mr. Hall's works have been reviewed several times in the New Music Connoisseur, and in the New York Times as well as the Portland (Maine) Press-Herald. He has reviewed CD's for the Contemporary Record Society (CRS) Society News Magazine.
Mr. Hall is listed in Marquis' Who'sWho in America and Who'sWho in the World.close
Mitch Hampton was born in 1967 in New York
City, was educated at Interlochen Arts Academy and received
a Bachelor's and Master's from New England Conservatory of
Music. His piano teacher and mentor while there was Stanley
Cowell. His composition instructor was Thomas McKinley.
His Piano Concerto for Improvised Jazz Piano and Orchestra was performed by him and recorded with the Czech Radio Orchestra. He has written The Four Humors, a double clarinet and flute concerto for Richard Stoltzman and Mike Feingold. His work for Richard Stoltzman, called Back To Bacharach: a Tone Poem for Clarinet and Orchestra was premiered at Boston's Symphony Hall. His Swinging Seventies was a concerto for flute and orchestra featuring Mike Feingold, originally performed at Boston's Symphony Hall and released in 2011 on CON MOTO: MODERN WORKS FOR ORCHESTRA, VOL. 1 on Ravello Records. In 2000 he wrote a children's jazz piano concerto for the Somerville Arts Council. His String Quartet was commissioned and performed by the Ciompi Quartet at Duke University and subsequently performed by the Boston Composers Quartet on National Public Radio and recorded by the Boston Composers Quartet. In 1997 he was the soloist on his piano concerto called Dark Dancing, written for the New York Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Gerald Schwarz and premiered at Avery Fisher Hall. He wrote a suite for flute and piano: Glass Houses (dedicated to Michelangelo Antonioni) that was premiered by Robert Stallman at Weill Recital Hall. He wrote a chamber concerto called La Luna in memory of Federico Fellini which premiered at Duquesne University School of Music and was performed by the Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. His Jazz Taxonomies for Saxophone Quartet was performed by the Berlin Saxophone Quartet at Weill Recital Hall. A partial list of his many jazz compositions includes Ballad For Billy Strayhorn, Why Is That?, For John, Permanent Residence, Stroll, Strut And Stroll, Vegan Soul Food, and a series of Original Blues in Small, Medium, and Large.
In the 1980s and 1990s he worked as a solo pianist in cocktail lounges and hotels, played with the flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny, the Bill and Bo Winiker Ensemble, had a brief stint in a rock group, and accompanied many singers in lounges and in cocktail bars. He also performed professionally in an ensemble formed by the late George Russell in local jazz clubs. In 2010 and in 2013 he wrote music for two independent films by director Andrew Bujalski, Beeswax, and Computer Chess, as well as composing and performing music for a music and fashion video for Bob Packert Productions. He has collaborated as a pianist with the poet Mark Schorr in live performance. A non-fiction commentator, critic, and essayist, he maintains a blog, The Moderate Contrarian, and for thirty years was a writer for the journal Organica. He has contributed critical essays to Spirited Magazine. In 2010 he was featured performing piano and discussing his craft in a documentary film, Correspondence, directed by Jose Luis Guerin and Jonas Mekas. He is currently writing a concertino for flugelhornist Dmitri Matheny and a piano quintet for which the piano part is improvised. HARD LISTENING is his first recording of all solo piano music.
Malcolm Hawkins, British composer born in Portugal, has lived in New Hampshire since 1995. He graduated from the Royal Academy of Music, and was subsequently awarded a scholarship to study at the Mozarteum, Salzburg, with Cesar Bresgen, where he won an international song competition Das Neue Lied with 4 Songs for Baritone, Saxophone and Piano. These and a solo piano work were broadcast on Austrian Radio, and his wind quintet was performed in Salzburg and Vienna.
He has worked as a string bass player, piano accompanist and teacher at the RAM and other music schools, and studied solfčge and choral conducting at the Kodaly Institute in Hungary. Hawkins’ Diversions for Oboe Quartet (published by Keturi Verlag) was premiered by Simon Dent and the Heutling Quartet in Berlin and is recorded on the Amati label. Broadcasts on BBC Radio Three include the Suite On Stage (Stainer and Bell) for piano duet, Ghost Games for piano, Vanities (BBC Concert Orchestra) Concerto for Oboe and Strings and Four Carols (E.C.Schirmer - BBC Singers with Siobhan Williams, harp and James Morgan). The carol Rosamundi was recorded on the Priory label.
Hawkins’ has received commissions come from the Vaughan Williams Trust and various festivals including Lichfield in England and the Round Top Festival in Texas, for which he wrote Variations and Fugue for Piano and Orchestra, premiered and recorded by James Dick. The Hungarian Chamber Symphony premiered his horn concerto Three Maidens with Imre Magyari in Budapest. Further commissions include New Hampshire String Teachers Association and Nashua Symphony and Chorus, which premiered The Cry from All. The text for this work was a collaborative piece by young writers masterminded by New Hampshire poet laureate Marie Harris.close
Patrick Hawkins holds degrees in performance from the Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University, East Carolina University, and Arizona State University. Post-graduate studies in music education were taken at California State University, Los Angeles, and at the University of Washington, Seattle. His major teachers have included Janette Fishell, Peggy Haas Howell, Kimberly Marshall, and Carole Terry (organ); Shirley Mathews, and Webb Wiggins (harpsichord); and Shuko Watanabe and Joseph Rackers (piano). In 1993 Dr. Hawkins made his European debut at the Cambridge Summer Recitals. He has regularly returned to Europe to perform in France and Germany, and in 2013 he was invited to lecture at the 2nd International Conference on Early Keyboard Music at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. In the United States, he has appeared as soloist at four regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists and in 2014 he performed a square piano recital for the National Conference of the Historic Keyboard Society of North America held at the National Music Museum in South Dakota. He has recorded music of Johann Sebastian Bach for Arkay Records and his recordings have been featured on National Public Radio. Dr. Hawkins lives and teaches in Columbia SC.close
Described as "flat out beautiful" and "full of mystery," - Stereophile Magazine Edie Hill's music is performed all over
the globe. Venues have included Lincoln Center, Musis Sacrum in Arnhem, Holland, LA County Museum of Art, Library of Congress, Minneapolis' Walker Arts Center, St. Paul's Schubert Club, The Cape May Festival (NJ), The Downtown Arts Festival (NYC), Liviu Cultural Center (Romania), Feszek Müvészklub (Budapest), concert halls in Bangkok (Thailand), Dublin (Ireland), Reykjavik
(Iceland), Moscow (Russia), Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Baltic States, and The United Arab Emirates.
She has been commissioned to compose for solo voice to choir, solo instrumental to orchestral and mass band, miniature to full evening drama; and loves the challenge of exploring all combinations, including electroacoustic and mixed media.
Through her lectures and workshops, she actively cultivates the talents of young composers and musicians as well as educating and engaging the public in the music of today. She's served as Composer-in-Residence at St. Paul's Schubert Club from 2005-2017, where she ran and grew the Mentorship Program for gifted high school composers. She has lectured at colleges, universities, and various institutions in the States and abroad.
A three-time McKnight Artist Fellow and a two-time Bush Artist Fellow, Hill has received grants from the Jerome Foundation, ASCAP, Meet The Composer, and Chamber Music America. After earning a B.A. from Bennington College in Vermont under the tutelage of Vivian Fine, Hill moved from her native New York to Minneapolis where she earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Minnesota with principal composition teacher, Lloyd Ultan. She has also studied extensively with Libby Larsen.Composing is a life-long love. Writing music is always an opportunity to research, learn, muse, reach down deep, and allow inspiration to come from the stuff of life. She lives in Minneapolis MN where she free-lances and runs Hummingbird Press, through which all of her works are available for perusal and sale. For more information visit
Sydney Hodkinson (b.1934) currently holds the Almand Chair of Music Composition at Stetson University and has served as Composer-in-Residence and faculty conductor at Colorado's Aspen Music Festival and School for fifteen years. His distinguished 55-year teaching career includes posts at the Universities of Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, Southern Methodist and Rochester - and visiting professorships at Western Ontario, Oberlin, Indiana, and Duke Universities.
As conductor, he held positions as director of the Contemporary Directions Ensemble (Michigan), Eastman's Musica Nova Ensemble and the Kilbourn Orchestra, the Voices of Change (SMU, Dallas), Banff Festival, Toronto's New Music Concerts, the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble as well as many guest appointments.
Hodkinson received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the Eastman School of Music and his Doctorate from the University of Michigan, studying primarily with Bernard Rogers and Ross Lee Finney. Other major mentors were Carter, Sessions, Babbitt, Britten, and Dallapiccola.
During 2012, Dr. Hodkinson was awarded the Bolcom Extended Residency in Composition from the University of Michigan. Earlier awards include those from the National Institute of Arts and Letters, Guggenheim Foundation, Canada Council, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Ford Foundation.
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Composer Hendrik Hofmeyr first came to the public's notice when his opera, The Fall of the House of Usher, won the South African Opera Competition and the Nederburg Opera Prize. The opera was performed at the State Theatre in Pretoria in 1988 while Hofmeyr was furthering his studies in Italy during a ten year self-imposed exile. That same year he was awarded first prize in an international competition with music for a short film by Wim Wenders.
In 1992, he accepted a post as lecturer at the University of Stellenbosch. In 1997, he won two further international competitions: the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition of Belgium (with ‘Raptus' for violin and orchestra) and the first edition of the Dimitris Mitropoulos Competition in Athens (with ‘Byzantium' for high voice and orchestra). His Incantesimo for flute was chosen to represent South Africa at the Congress of the International Society of Contemporary Music in Croatia in 2005. In 2008, he received a Kanna Award from the Kleinkaroo National Arts Festival.
Hofmeyr is currently professor of Music at the University of Cape Town, where he obtained his Doctorate in Music in 1999.close
Christopher J. Hoh hails from Pennsylvania and the Washington, DC area. He has participated in workshops with Jean Berger, Daniel Moe, Robert Page, and Mack Wilberg. He studied as a composition fellow with Alice Parker in 2014.
Chris's recent commissions include American folksong settings for Alexandria, VA middle school choruses & piano and a cappella motets for a church on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The Stuttgart German-American chorus called on him to write an extended setting of the O Antiphons for choir & organ, which premiered in 2014. PROJECT:ENCORE endorsed his setting of the early American "Come Away to the Skies" in 2015, leading to several additional performances around the U.S. and commissions for more arrangements of American folk hymns. His song cycle "I Breathed A Song" for mezzo-soprano, baritone saxophone and piano premiered at Vienna's Musikverein in 2011.
California's Meistersingers also requested new work from him: Shakespeare's "My Mistress' Eyes" for SATB a cappella (2014) and an SSATBB treatment of the 16th-Century carol "Ein Kind Geborn In Bethlehem" (2013). The William & Mary College choir reprised and took on tour his six-part "Angele Dei" in 2014-15, while Shepherd University asked him to re-arrange "Dona Nobis Pacem" for six-part male chorus. The Montana-based ensemble Musikanten, for whom he was composer-in-residence in 2008, has performed his work on several European tours. The last few years have seen premieres of Chris Hoh compositions in Colorado, Indiana, Massachusetts, and West Virginia, as well as Austria, Canada and Spain. His work has been published by Augsburg Fortress Press and Art of Sound Music.
Chris's current projects include more part-songs on Shakespeare and old German texts, a symphony of Latin psalms for choir and orchestra, and flute/horn/piano arrangements of less-known Christmas carols, along with choral pieces for church and concert. He is also editing neglected works from the European renaissance (e.g. Caurroy, Monte, Prætorius, Sweelinck) and the New World (Billings, Beach, Holyoke, Parker, Salazar) for performance today.
In addition to recordings with Navona/PARMA, his compositions are found on ERM Media's "Made in the Americas, Vol. 1" CD and Phoenix Classical's "Undiscovered Choral Gems." Chris Hoh graduated from Georgetown University in international affairs. He served in the U.S. Foreign Service for over 30 years and is now a Senior Adviser at the Department of State. Scores, audio and information about Chris's compositions may be found on his website, www.HohMadeMusic.com and J.W. Pepper's MyScore.close
Peter Homans received a BA in English from Washington & Lee University followed by two master’s degrees in music from New England Conservatory with Don Martino (Composition) and then Ernst Oster (Theory) in 1974 and 1976. He received two fellowships to Tanglewood in '75 and '76, studying with Gunther Schuller, Betsy Jolas, and Oliver Knussen. During his stay, he won the first ever Aaron Copland Prize for Composition.
After his studies, Homans worked as Assistant Business Manager and Principal Musical Assistant for Leonard Bernstein. Having decided not to pursue a career in academia, he has spent the last 30 years in the financial industry, working as a partner at Bear Stearns, principal of his own brokerage firm, and most recently principal of the Parkman LP hedge fund.
He has written and recorded numerous pieces for chamber ensembles and orchestras, including the NY Chamber Symphony, Marin Alsop's Concordia, Boston Musica Viva, Dinosaur Annex, Czech Radio Orchestra, and the Silesian Radio Orchestra. He has released 3 CDs and most recently premiered his viola concerto Dialogs with soloist Will Frampton, and Dinosaur Annex, which will be released on PARMA Recordings along with pieces from this concert later this year.close
David Holdhusen is the Director of Choral Activities and the Douglas and Susan Tuve Distinguished Professor of Choral Music at the University of South Dakota. His responsibilities include serving as conductor for the Chamber Singers and teaching courses in conducting. In addition to his teaching duties, Dr. Holdhusen is the Chair of the Department of Music, Director of the university's annual Choral Directors Institute, and the USD Summer Music Camp.
Dr. Holdhusen received his Ph.D. in Music Education from Florida State University. He holds an M.M. from Northwestern University in Choral Conducting, and a B.A. in Music with education certification from Gustavus Adolphus College. While at Gustavus, Dr. Holdhusen was elected to Pi Kappa Lambda and awarded the Presser Foundation Scholarship.
Dr. Holdhusen was the recipient of the SD-ACDA Encore Award for excellence and achievement in the field of choral music and the prestigious Belbas-Larson Award for Excellence in Teaching, the highest honor USD bestows on its educators. He is in demand as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician throughout the region. He is a member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the College Music Society, the National Collegiate Choral Organization (NCCO) and the National Association for Music Education (NAfME). Dr. Holdhusen has had research published in national journals and presented clinics and interest sessions throughout the country. He has been elected to leadership positions in various organizations, including a term as President for the South Dakota Chapter of ACDA. His book, "Commitment to Musical Excellence" is published by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Choirs under his direction have been invited to perform at state and regional festivals and conventions, have won first place and grand champion awards in music festivals throughout the country, and have been honored by the American Prize for sustained excellence in Choral Performance.close
Gregory Hutter holds degrees from Western Michigan University, the University of Michigan, and Northwestern University. He has been a faculty member at DePaul University since 2002. His compositions have been performed by the Moravian Philharmonic, the Kiev Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Czech Philharmonic, Musica Moderna (Poland), the Cassatt Quartet, the Maia Quartet, the Julstrom Quartet, Trio Callisto, the Carpe Diem Quartet, the Anaphora Ensemble, Arts at Large Chicago, Duo Diorama, the Society for New Music (Syracuse), the Philovox Ensemble (Boston), pianists Winston Choi and Matthew McCright, Pinotage, Musica Nova (Israel), and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), among others. Hutter has been the recipient of numerous awards and commissions, in addition to receiving grants and fellowships from the Illinois Arts Council, the MacDowell Colony, the American Music Center and the Meet the Composer Foundation. His debut full-length solo CD was released on the Naxos American Classics label in 2008. Individual compositions are recorded on various labels including Capstone, ERM, Navona, and Innova. His compositions are published in print by E. C. Schirmer (ECS Publishing) of Boston. Hutter’s many distinguished teachers have included Ramon Zupko, C. Curtis-Smith, Michael Daugherty, William Bolcom, Evan Chambers, M. William Karlins, Alan Stout and Marta Ptaszynska.close