AL HAGER (b. 1946)
Al Hager received degrees from Florida State University and the University of Florida. He taught public school music teacher beginning in 1968, and was selected as Teacher of the Year twice before retiring in 2009. He was the first Director of the Walt Disney World All American College Band, past President of the Florida Association of Jazz Educators, and has performed with Bob Hope, Bob Crosby, Myron Floren, and Tex Beneke. He previously taught at Stuart Middle School, performs with the Indian River Pops Orchestra, the Treasure Coast Flute Choir, Flutes Renaissance, For Dancers Only Big Band, and competes as a barefoot water-skier.
ADOLPHUS HAILSTORK (b. 1941)
Born in Rochester, New York, Adolphus Hailstork received his doctorate in composition from Michigan State University, where he was a student of H. Owen Reed. He had previously studied at the Manhattan School of Music, under Vittorio Giannini and David Diamond, at the American Institute at Fontainebleau with Nadia Boulanger, and at Howard University with Mark Fax.
Dr. Hailstork has written numerous works for chorus, solo voice, piano, organ, various chamber ensembles, band, and orchestra. Among his early compositions are: CELEBRATION, recorded by the Detroit Symphony in 1976,
OUT OF THE DEPTHS (1977) and AMERICAN GUERNICA (1983), two band works which won national competitions. CONSORT PIECE (1995) commissioned by the Norfolk Chamber Ensemble was awarded first prize by the University of Delaware Festival of Contemporary Music. In addition he has been awarded two honorary doctorate degrees.
Significant performances by major orchestras (Philadelphia, Chicago, and New York) have been conducted by leading conductors such as James de Priest, Paul Freeman Daniel Barenboim, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, and Jo Ann Falletta.
The composer's second symphony (commissioned by the Detroit Symphony, and second opera, JOSHUA'S BOOTS (commissioned by the Opera Theatre of St. Louis and the Kansas City Lyric Opera) were both premiered in 1999. Hailstork's second and third symphonies have recently been recorded by the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra (David Lockington) and were released on the Naxos label in January 2007
Recent commissions include EARTHRISE, a new large scale choral work premiered by James Conlon and the 2006 Cincinnati May Festival, THREE STUDIES ON CHANT MELODIES for the American Guild of Organists 2006 national convention, and, WHITMAN'S JOURNEY, a cantata for chorus and orchestra which was premiered by the Master Chorale of Washington, D.C. (under Donald McCullough) at Kennedy Center in April 2006. RISE FOR FREEDOM, an opera about the Underground Railroad, was premiered in the fall of 2007 by the Cincinnati Opera Company. SET ME ON A ROCK (re: Hurricane Katrina), also for chorus and orchestra, commissioned by the Houston Choral Society was premiered in 2008. The winter of 2009 saw the premiere of the choral ballet, THE GIFT OF THE MAGI, for treble chorus and orchestra. A work for speaker and orchestra, ZORA, WE'RE CALLING YOU, was premiered in November 2011 by the Orlando Symphony under Chris Wilkins.
Dr. Hailstork resides in Virginia Beach Virginia, and is Professor of Music and Eminent Scholar at Old Dominion University in Norfolk.
WILLIAM HARBINSON (b. 1953)
William Harbinson is a commissioned composer (BMI) whose compositions have been published by Alfred Publishers (CA), Carl Fischer (NY), Brass Chamber Music Press (TX), TRN Music Publishers (NM), Alry Publications (WA), and the International Horn Society. His symphonic work, Kallalanta won the Merle J. Isaac Senior Composition Competition in 2007. He has twice won the Hinda Honigman Cup competition sponsored by the North Carolina Federation of Music Clubs, recognizing two of his works as the best published compositions by a North Carolina composer in 2006 (All the Starry Band, Symphonic Band) and 2011 (Lake Dance, Symphony Orchestra). His composition for brass and percussion, The Maestro’s Flourish won the Dallas Wind Symphony Fanfare Competition (2005). His original band composition, Sparkle was included in Bandworld Magazine’s “Top 100 Compositions of 2011-2012”. He has been nominated as the North Carolina Music Teachers Association Composer of the Year (1986) and was a finalist in the Pi Kappa Lambda National Composition Contest (1993), the National String Orchestra Association Composition Contest (1998), and the Merle J. Isaac Composition Contest (2006). His Songs of Appalachia received an honorable mention in the Americas Vocal Ensemble Competition Contest (1999). A number of his works for band appear on the contest/festival literature lists of several states. He has received eight Editor’s Choice Awards (Pepper Music Catalog) that identify “the very best of the new music available.” A CD of Dr. Harbinson’s songs, performed by the vocal quartet APPropos!, was released in 1999. His works have received performances by ensembles and chamber players throughout the United States and abroad. He received the 100 Scholars Award from Appalachian State University (2008) signifying his sustained record of creative activity. Phi Mu Alpha presented him with the Orpheus Award (2009) for his significant and lasting contributions to music in America. Dr. Harbinson served as the Dean of the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University from 2000-2009.
Dr. Harbinson received the prestigious Appalachian Outstanding Teaching Award in 1992. He completed the Bachelor of Music degree in instrumental music education at Appalachian, the Master of Music degree in music theory at the University of Alabama, and the Ph.D. in music theory at Florida State University. His teaching experiences are very broad, ranging from his years as band and choral director at North Rowan Middle School and North Rowan High School in Spencer, North Carolina to his faculty position at Florida State University. He appears regularly as a conductor, clinician, adjudicator, and guest composer/arranger.
HIROSHI HARI (b. 1934)
Hiroshi Hari was born in 1934 in Sapporo, Japan. He graduated in 1958 from Musashino Academia, Tokyo, and in 1974 from Statliche Musik Hochschule in Freiberg, Germany. He has studied flute with Kazuhiro Sasaki, Kokan Oku, Koji Uno, Aurele Nicolet, and Peter Reidemeister. In 1974 Mr. Hari organized the Tokyo Flute Ensemble Academy, consisting of 20 professional flutists. The ensemble has concertized internationally, including Europe, Australia, and the United States, and has released several recordings.
Hiroshi Hari is currently an Assistant Professor at the Musashino Academia Musicae, where he is a conductor of its Flute Orchestra, a director of the Tokyo Flute Ensemble, and a standing board director of the Japan Flutists Association.
GLENN HAYNES (b. 1956)
Glenn Haynes holds the Bachelor of Arts, Master of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees. Areas of educational focus include piano and conducting, but also organ and composition. Dr. Haynes plays guitar, bass, and banjo, played clarinet and trumpet in high school, and is learning violin and cello. One of Glenn’s favorite experiences has been working with children’s choirs for many years. He connects easily with kids of all ages. Other interests include kayaking, hiking, camping, gardening, woodworking, photography and art. He has a daughter at Georgia Southern University, and a son at Statesboro High School. He is developing the S'Boro Studios teaching facility at 13 Broad St., in downtown Statesboro.
CAROL HESTER (b. 1962)
Dr. Carol Hester is Associate Professor of Flute at Luther College, where she teaches applied flute, the flute portion of Woodwind Techniques, and class piano. She was principal flutist of the La Crosse (WI) Symphony Orchestra from 1992-2002 and has more recently focused on national and international folk and traditional music for the flute. Chamber experience during her time in the Midwest included membership in the Trio/Quartet Inégal, the Northeast Iowa Chamber Winds, and the Hester Duo/Trio (flute, guitar, and mandolin). Hester received degrees in flute and piano performance from Samford University and the Master of Music and Doctor of Music in flute performance from the Florida State University. Her flute teachers included Martha Bell, Charles DeLaney, Adam Kuenzal, and Alexa Still. Active as an adjudicator and instructor at the Dorian Music Festivals and Summer Music Camps at Luther College, Hester sustains a private piano studio, enjoys instructing children in music, and serves as pianist and Director of Music at her church. She is also author of the textbook, Teaching the Flute – a Method for Instruction.
DAVID HEYWOOD (b. 1962)
David Heywood is a native of Miami, Florida. Since graduating from North Texas State University in 1985, he has continued his playing career as a member of Fort Worth Early Music. He also performs with the Dallas Bach Society, the Denton Bach Society, and does freelance and studio work in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. When he’s not playing music, he enjoys waterskiing with his wife Beth and their twin boys, Jonathan and Richard.
JENNIFER HIGDON (b. 1962)
Jennifer Higdon (b. Brooklyn, NY, New Year’s Eve, 1962), is a Pulitzer Prize and Grammy winning composer, and is one of the most performed living American composers working today. She has been commissioned by a wide array of artists, from the Philadelphia Orchestra to violinist Hilary Hahn. Among her primary teachers is flutist, Judith Bentley. She holds the Rock Chair in Composition at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. For more info, see www.jenniferhigdon.com
GUDRUN HINZE (b. 1964)
Gudrun Hinze was born in Homburg/Saar and studied in Düsseldorf and Essen. She participated with distinction in several national and international competitions, and was subsequently engaged by the WDR Sinfonieorchester (Köln) and MDR Sinfonieorchester (Leipzig). She has been solo piccoloist with the Gewandhaus Orchestra since 1993, and at the Bayreuth Festival Orchestra since 1999. She has been teaching the piccolo at Hannover’s Hochschule für Musik since 2003 with Prof. Andrea Lieberknecht.
Gudrun is the specialist for the piccolo parts in the Leipziger Querflötenensemble, Quintessenz (www.floetenquintett-qe.de). It has also become her task to arrange compositions suitable for her quintet colleagues, as there are few pieces originally written for this ensemble.
JASON HODAC (b. 1976)
Jason R. Hodac is one of America's rising young composers. Born in Chicago, he resides on Chicago's southwest side where he studies composition with Dr. Gregg Courts at Saint Xavier University. He will earn his Bachelor of Music Education degree in the spring of 1999 and hopes to teach at the college level someday. "My immediate plans for the future include teaching K-12 and attending graduate school, where I hope to further my passion and knowledge for composition, jazz history, and the art of improvisation." Other compositions include works for wind ensemble, synthesizer, percussion, brass ensemble, and big band.
JELLE HOGENHUIS (b. 1954)
After graduating as a building engineer (1975) Jelle Hogenhuis decided to turn to music. He studied classical flute at the Groningen Conservatory (Holland) with Peter van Munster (1980) and Composition with Willem F. Bon. (Dutch Composition Prize 1980).
Besides being a fluteteacher he has been a freelance player and a composer. Among his works as a (modern-classical) composer there are pieces for small ensembles as well as some symfonic works and two short operas. For his pupils he sometimes composed and arranged in jazzy or poppy styles.
For a period of 10 years he was one of the members of the Groningen Flute Quartet. Experiences in this ensemble were the root of developments to follow later. As a director of large flute ensembles Hogenhuis had ample opportunity to test newly developed flutes. Ensemble flutes demanded a new approach. Thanks to a fully developed low section flutechoirs from all over the world now have access to the same range as the string ensemble.
ANN K HOLLER (b. 1946)
Ann Kelley Holler is an adjunct instructor of music theory at King College in Bristol, Tennessee, and an independent piano teacher. Her compositions have been performed in England, Scotland, and Italy, as well as across the United States. Her hymn tune HOLSTON was released in 2011 by GIA Publications in a collection entitled “Assembled for Song.” Ann is a member of the Music Teachers National Association, the Hymn Society, the American Composers’ Forum, the American Matthay Association, and the National Federations of Music Clubs. She also works as a volunteer with A! Magazine for the Arts (www.artsmagazine.info). Ann has earned a B.A. in Mathematics from King College, Bristol, Tennessee; a B.A. in Music from Virginia Intermont College in Bristol, Virginia; and a M.M. in Music Theory from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
MICHAEL HOPPE (b. 1944)
Michael Hoppé, never formally trained on the piano, pursued music and art with equal passion. And for this reason, Quiet Storms is really a collection of music and art. His acrylics, inspired by the beauty of the California coastline, correspond to the musical themes. The paintings, like the music, are quiet -- in fact, silent -- and the music employs quiet instrumentation, yet both convey the romantic, moody, neoclassical inspirations of the composer. Tone colors evoked by Mahler, Bach, and the early impressionists such as Ravel and Debussy are alluded to in the eleven compositions. Likewise, the textures and colors employed in the paintings suggest the influence of impressionist painters of the 19th century.
For five years, Michael allowed the idea for Quiet Storms to take shape while also painting and writing the short piano themes. He sought to compose, as Mozart once described a beautiful melody, music in which "the notes kiss one another." And for the three performers, the goal was to "let the music touch people."
PAUL HORN (b. 1930)
Flutist Paul Horn's remarkable calling began with the influence of his musical mother and formal training at Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Ohio (Bachelor of Music) and the Manhattan School of Music in New York (Master of Music). After serving in the Army, native New Yorker Horn started playing in the Sauter-Finegan big band and toured with the Chico Hamilton Quintet. He then moved to Los Angeles, where he formed his own band, the Paul Horn Quintet, which recorded for several different labels. His growing demand as a session player resulted in performances and recordings with such legends as Duke Ellington, Miles Davis, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Buddy Rich, Chick Corea, Joni Mitchell, Quincy Jones, and Ravi Shankar. In 1965 Horn won two Grammy Awards with Lalo Shifrin for Jazz Suite on the Mass Texts. Soon afterwards, he became interested in Transcendental Meditation and studied with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India. In 1968 he made a solo flute recording at night in the Taj Mahal. The ensuing album, Inside (The Taj Mahal), sold more than a million copies and Paul Horn is widely regarded as a founding father of music's New Age movement. The Taj Mahal experience led to a series of recordings in extraordinary places such as pyramids, temples, cathedrals, and other buildings in Egypt, China, Russia, Scotland, Nepal, Tibet, as well as Europe and the U.S.
In 1988 Horn was nominated for a Grammy in the New Age Music category for his recording Traveler, and he took home Grammy gold for his 1999 Inside (Monument Valley). With numerous awards and upwards of fifty albums over four decades to his name, Paul Horn continues his search for musical enlightenment. In his 1990 autobiography, Inside Paul Horn: The Spiritual Odyssey oj a Universal Traveler, Horn writes, "Music creates positive bonds among peoples and nations and cultures...music is the universal language precisely because it touches us at that deep essential, universal level. It has unifying and healing power.
MICHAEL HORWOOD (b. 1947)
Michael Horwood was born in Buffalo, New York, on May 24, 1947. He studied music composition and theory at the State University of New York at Buffalo with Lejaren Hiller, Lukas Foss, and Istvan Anhalt, receiving his Bachelor's and Master's degrees (1969, 1971). In 1971, he moved to Canada and from 1972-2003 was a professor of music and humanities at Humber College of Applied Arts and Technology in Toronto. During the latter half of the 1970s, Horwood formed Convergence, an improvisation ensemble in which he played piano and percussion. In 2003, he retired from teaching and moved with his wife to Cowley, Alberta.
His more than seventy compositions constitute a kaleidoscope of the traditional and the avant-garde spanning a wide variety of contemporary idioms including twelve-tone, theatre pieces, electroacoustic (both live and pre-recorded), jazz, minimalism and neo-romanticism. He has written for conventional ensembles, unusual instrumental combinations and even flexible scoring. Among his most successful works have been those which involve extra-musical concepts such as his chamber works Birds (1979) and Nervous Disorder (1988), the electroacoustic work Motility (revised 1986) and the orchestral works Amusement Park Suite (1986), National Park Suite (1991) and Symphony No. 2, Visions of a Wounded Earth (1995).
Horwood seems content writing in any genre and, similarly, feels a composer today should be able to adapt and create in a variety of styles. From all the deliberate variety in Horwood's music, a few personal traits have tended to emerge. One of these is an acute sense of sonority, the knack of exploiting the unique ranges and timbres of his instrumental forces, whether in solo or combinations. This use of instrumental sound is occasionally coupled with an overt sense of theatricality or humour, even in his non-theatre works.
SANDRA HOWARD (b. 1957)
A native of Ohio, flutist Sandra Howard completed her studies at Eastern Kentucky University and the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Among her teachers have been Samuel Baron, Thomas Nyfenger, Richard Bromley, and Michel Debost. She resides in France where she is active as a teacher and performer in such groups as the flute trio Les Enfants de Pan. The Irish Suite has been recorded by the Paris-based flute trio Les Enfants de Pan on its CD Journey.
BRAD HUBBARD (b. 1966)
Brad Hubbard was born in North Carolina in 1966. He graduated from the North Carolina School of the Arts in 1989. As one of the predominant baritone saxophonists of his generation, he is active as a chamber musician, soloist, and teacher. A member of the New Century Saxophone Quartet since 1988, he has performed in major venues throughout the United States and abroad, as well as on all New Century recordings. He is involved in music education as a founding member of the interdisciplinary group Invention!, which is focused on educating children about the arts. He and his wife, Twinkle, reside in New York City.
ROBERT HUTCHINSON (b. 1970)
Robert Hutchinson (PhD 1998 University of Oregon, MM 1993 Northern Arizona, BA 1992 CSU Bakersfield) is Professor of Music at the University of Puget Sound. His Pas de Quatre for string quartet was premiered in June 2010 at the Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival. During his Spring 2009 sabbatical, Hutchinson composed The Forest Nocturnal Triptych, a commission from the Peninsula High School Band premiered in May 2010. In 2009 Hutchinson's three-movement, 25-minute Concerto for Violin and Wind Ensemble was premiered at the University of Puget Sound.
In 2007, the Tacoma Concert Band premiered the commission As the Blue Night Descends upon the World. In 2006 the Northwest Sinfonietta premiered Fantasia on Themes of Mozart in Seattle. The Tacoma Youth Symphony commissioned and premiered From the Sea to the Stars in 2004. Also in 2004, Hutchinson’s composition Dancing on the Strand for wind ensemble was performed at the 29th Symposium for New Band Music in Richmond, Virginia; at the Southwestern Division College Band Director’s National Association (CBDNA) Conference in Fort Worth, Texas; at the Society of Composers’ National Conference in Edmond, Oklahoma; and received an honorable mention in the competition for ASCAP's 2004 Rudolph Nissim Award.
His composition Jeux des Enfants was selected by the Charles Ives Center for American Music for a June 2002 premiere by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in South Carolina. The Oregon Festival of American Music, Oregon Wind Ensemble and the Oregon Festival Choirs commissioned Liberatio in Morte for solo baritone voice, children's choir and wind ensemble in 2000. In 1997, Hutchinson won the Third Angle New Music Ensemble's Young Composers Competition with his Three Character Pieces.
DICK HYMAN (b. 1927)
Throughout a busy musical career that got underway in the early ‘50s, Dick Hyman has functioned as pianist, organist, arranger, music director, and composer. His versatility in all of these areas has resulted in film scores, orchestral compositions, concert appearances and well over 100 albums recorded under his own name. While developing a masterful facility for improvisation in his own piano style, Mr. Hyman has also investigated ragtime and the earliest periods of jazz and has researched and recorded the piano music of Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, James P. Johnson, Duke Ellington, and Fats Waller. Other solo piano albums include variations on the songs of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George Gershwin and Richard Rodgers.
In years past, Dick Hyman was music director for Arthur Godfrey and orchestrator of the hit musical Sugar Babies. He served as composer/arranger/conductor/pianist for the Woody Allen films Zelig, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Broadway Danny Rose, Stardust Memories, Hanna and Her Sisters, Radio Days, Bullets Over Broadway, Mighty Aphrodite, Everyone Says “I Love You”, Sweet and Lowdown, The Curse of the Jade Scorpion and Melinda and Melinda. Other film scores have included Moonstruck, Scott Joplin--King of Ragtime, the Lemon Sisters, and Alan and Naomi.
Kenley Inglefield has earned degrees from the Eastman School of Music, American University, and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. He has been a member of the Eastman Wind Ensemble and the U.S. Army Band (Pershing’s Own) as a euphoniumist, and has been first trombonist with the Evansville Philharmonic and the Toledo Symphony. Formerly on the faculties of the University of Evansville and the University of Toledo, he has, since 1974, taught in the Music Composition and History Department at Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
LAWRENCE INK (b. 1955)
Lawrence Ink plays principal flute in the Fairfax Symphony in Virginia and played principal flute in the United States Air Force Band in Washington, DC.
Ink’s Three Pieces for Flute Choir received its premiere at the National Flute Association’s 2011 convention, performed by the professional flute choir under the direction of Angeleita Floyd. His Serenade for Flute Nonette, which was commissioned by the Flute Society of Washington, has been performed at several NFA conventions. Both works have been performed by the Northwestern University Flute Ensemble under the direction of Walfrid Kujala.
Ink performed his Sonata for Two Flutes with Mimi Stillman at the NFA’s 2002 convention. Mimi Stillman has also performed his Sonatine for Flute and Piano and recorded it on her CD, Mimi.
Ink’s clarinet quartet, Streltsy, won the International Clarinet Society’s clarinet quartet composition competition and was recorded by the United States Air Force clarinet quartet.
MICHAEL ISAACSON (b. 1946)
Composer, conductor, music producer, Michael Isaacson wears all the hats of a busy, highly respected American hyphenate musician.
As a composer he lists a catalog of over 500 published works in television mini-series (Rich Man, Poor Man II; Captains and Kings), series (Charlie’s Angels, Bionic Woman, Hawaii 5-0), daytime dramas (Loving, Days of Our Lives), sitcoms (The Nanny), and variety (Bob Hope specials, John Williams & The Boston Pops). In feature films he has composed, orchestrated, and conducted for many outstanding writers, including Alex North, Elmer Bernstein, Charles Fox, and Walter Scharf.
As a conductor, he has founded The Hollywood Pops, The Israel Pops, and has guest conducted symphony orchestras throughout the world, including Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York, Boston, Charlotte, Miami, Mexico, Munich, and Tel Aviv. His CD recordings may be heard on the SONY and ARABESQUE labels.
As a music producer, Michael Isaacson has created and supervised scores of his music for jingles, worship services, CD and cassette recordings, fund-raising events, educational programs, beauty pageants, puppet shows, in-flight entertainment, conventions, and about anything else music can be used for.