For Edie Hill, writing music is an opportunity to research, learn, muse, reach down deep, and allow inspiration to come from the stuff of life. Her compositions are fueled by her experiences, passions, and curiosities. 

Born in New York City in 1962, Hill’s love for making music was encouraged by her parents. Her dyslectic, difficult grade school days were eased by coming home to the piano to improvise/compose for hours on end. After earning a B.A. from Bennington College under the tutelage of Vivian Fine, Hill moved to Minneapolis earning M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Minnesota with Lloyd Ultan. She also studied extensively with Libby Larsen. 

Her works have been performed worldwide at venues including Lincoln Center, LA County Museum of Art, Library of Congress, Minneapolis’ Walker Arts Center, St. Paul’s Schubert Club, The Cape May Festival (NJ), The Met Cloisters (NYC), Annenberg Center Live Series (Philadelphia, PA) and concert halls in Eastern and Western Europe, Thailand, Iceland, Russia, Brazil, Great Britain, New Zealand, and The United Arab Emirates.

Her music has earned her three McKnight Artist Fellowships, two Bush Artist Fellowships and grants/awards from the Jerome Foundation, ASCAP, New Music USA, Meet The Composer, the Minnesota State Arts Board, and Chamber Music America. She has been commissioned to compose for everything from solo flute to mass band; from art song to large choral works. 

She was Composer in Residence at Schubert Club from 2005-2017 where she ran and grew the Mentorship Program for high school composers. She was Composer Mentor for MN Varsity for composers 14-18 years of age co-sponsored by The American Composers Forum and Classical Minnesota Public Radio. She has lectured at colleges, universities, and various institutions in the United States and abroad.

Her music is available from Hummingbird Press.

Albums

Evolutionary Spirits

Release Date: June 28, 2019
Catalog Number: NV6218
21st Century
Vocal Music
Choir
EVOLUTIONARY SPIRITS brings together the artistry of Grammy Award-winning chamber choir The Crossing with innovative works of six contemporary composers. Ranging from songs of praise from the Biblical era to present day, and from contemporary poetry to the reimagining of a Shakespearean sonnet, EVOLUTIONARY SPIRITS explores humanity in all its facets.
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Clay Jug

Release Date: February 10, 2017
Catalog Number: NV6073
21st Century
Vocal Music
Choir
The choral music of Minnesota-based composer Edie Hill shines on CLAY JUG, a compendium of large and small works for a cappella choir and choir accompanied by chamber ensemble. Though the works featured on CLAY JUG vary in scope, they all demonstrate Hill’s keen sensitivity to ensemble texture and harmonic density, as well as the incorporation of text across four languages.
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