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’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World.


Harmonious Dissonance

Release Date: June 1, 2010
Catalog Number: NV5830
21st Century
Like the title suggests, Harmonious Dissonance offers a collection of works that are both jarring yet cohesive. As each piece comes together, it becomes clear that Brinch, Hall, Froom, and Brings are not afraid to challenge your ears or musical conventions.