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Katherine Hoover   

Sigma Alpha Iota Member Laureate


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Katherine HooverKatherine Hoover was born in West Virginia and resides in New York, where she maintains an active career as composer, conductor, and flutist. She is the recipient of a 1979 National Endowment Composer's Fellowship and many other awards, including an 1994 Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award in Composition. Four of her pieces have won the National Flute Association's Newly Published Music Competition, in 1987, 1991, 1993 and 1994. She has also received a grant from the Alice M. Ditson Fund, and numerous grants from Meet the Composer. In March, 1996 she was Composer-in-Residence at the fourth Festival of Women Composers at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She has appeared at many universities and colleges, including the U. of Wisconsin at Madison, Haverford College, U. of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and U. of California at Berkeley and at Davis. She has been commissioned by the New Jersey Chamber Music Society, the Women's Philharmonic, the Episcopal Diocese of New York, the Huntingdon Trio, and Duologue, among many others. Her works are published by Theodore Presser, Carl Fischer, and Papagena Press. CD's of her music have been issued on Koch International Classics, Delos, Cantilena Bayer, Boston and Leonarda.

Ms. Hoover's works have been performed by many orchestras. Her tone poem Eleni: A Greek Tragedy, premiered by the Harrisburg Symphony under Larry Newland in 1987, has been performed by eleven other orchestras. including the Fort Worth Symphony, under conductor John Giordano. Her Clarinet Concerto, written for the jazz virtuoso Eddie Daniels, was premiered by Mr. Daniels with the Santa Fe Symphony. In January, 1994, Ms. Hoover conducted the premiere of her Night Skies, a 25-minute work for large orchestra, with the Harrisburg Symphony.

The Dorian, Sylvan and Richards Quintets, the Atlanta Chamber Players, the Colorado and Montclaire Quartets, the Amherst Saxophone Quartet and the Huntingdon and Verdehr Trios are among the many chamber groups which have featured her work. In May, 1989, the New Jersey Chamber Music Society premiered her Quintet (Da Pacem) for piano and strings at Alice Tully Hall in New York's Lincoln Center. Julius Baker, Eugenia Zukerman, Sharon Robinson, Carol Wincenc, and Metropolitan Opera bass John Cheek have also presented her pieces.

Ms. Hoover attended the Eastman School of Music, receiving her Bachelor of Music in Music Theory and a Performer's Certificate in Flute in 1959. Her main flute study was with Joseph Mariano, and later with William Kincaid in Philadelphia. While a faculty member at the Manhattan School, she completed a Masters in Music Theory at that institution Ms. Hoover has also attended the Conductors Institute in South Carolina. As player, theorist, teacher, and conductor Ms. Hoover has studied hundreds of scores; these scores were her primary composition Instruction.

As a flutist Ms. Hoover has given concerto performances at Lincoln Center and performed with leading ballet and opera companies in all of New York's major halls. She has played numerous recitals, both live and on radio and television, and recorded 5010 and chamber repertoire for Arabesque, Leonarda, CRI, Grenadilla, and Opus One.

Ms. Hoover has become active as a conductor in the last few years, leading performances of her own work and that of others in Wisconsin, West Virginia, and New York, and Pennsylvania. In the fall of 1995 she traveled to Brataslava for the recording of her Night Skies and Eleni: A Greek Tragedy, returning for the premiere of her new Dances and Variations at Kennedy Center. The commissioning, rehearsing, and premiere of this piece are the subject of a prize winning documentary, called New Music, by Deborah Novak.

Annual Updates



Turner Impressions by Plymouth Symphony conducted by Nan Washburn on 3/5/11.


Double Concerto by Linfield Chamber Orchestra conducted by Michael Gesme in Linfield, Oregon on 10/22/2010.  To Greet the Sun by Jennifer Page on the Faculty Showcase at the University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN on 10/25/10.  Masks by Julie Maisel, flute, Colman Pearce, piano on the Faculty Recital in the John Field Room at the DIT Conservatory, Dublin, Ireland on 8/24/10.  Summer Night by Third Chair Chamber Players on the “Music for the Senses” Series at Net Studio One, Lincoln, NE on 1/28 and 1/30/11.  Kokopeli by Palisades Virtuosi at the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, Ridgewood, NJ on 10/23/10 and by Valerie Watts at Oklahoma University, Pittman Hall on 10/24/10.


Hoover, String Quartets 1 & 2, Trio (violin, cello, piano) by the Colorado Quartet, and Rogeri Trio; issued by Parnassus Records on 10/10.   Podcasts: Dream Dances (piano) Winter Spirits (flute) St Quartet 2, Clarinet Concerto, and El Andalus (cello & piano) at, Thin Ice, Double Concerto 1, Canyon Echoes 3, 4 at; search Katherine Hoover.




Shoes, for two clarinets and piano, was introduced May 3, 2009, by Stanley and Naomi Drucker, with Marilyn Sherman-Lehman, in a concert by the American Chamber Ensemble, Park Avenue United Methodist Church, New York, NY. The commissioned work, Passacaglia and Romp for two pianos, was first heard in a July 20 performance by Yohann Ripert and Yidin Niu at Pianofest, Southhampton, NY. The National Flute Convention in New York (August 13-16) featured performances of nine of the composer’s works, including the premiere of Mountain and Mesa by flutist Mimi Stillman and pianist Jeremy Gill; other works performed included Masks, Kokopeli, Concertante Dragon Court, Celebration, Winter Spirits, and Two for Two. The consortium-commissioned work Journey for bassoon and piano received its premiere October 8 from Peter Kolkay and Alix Nguyen in Panama City, Panama; the piece received a second performance October 10 from Jeffrey Lyman, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. The Word in Flower, for mezzo-soprano, flute, and guitar, was introduced October 17 by Katherine Ciesinsky, Bonita Boyd, and Nickolas Goluses, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY.


Pianist Mirian Conti performed Dream Dances June 6, 2009, on a recital presented by the Leschetitzky Association, Tenri Hall, New York, NY.


Mountain and Mesa, for flute and piano; Dream Dances for piano; both by Papagena Press/Theodore Presser.



Two for Two, for alto flute and piano, was the composer’s fifth prize-winning piece in the National Flute Association’s Newly Published Music Contest.


Pianist Dianne Frazer introduced Dream Dances, July 15, 2008, Festival of the Hamptons in East Hampton, NY; at the same concert, Frazer joined the composer in two movements of Medieval Suite, and the composer performed Kokopeli.


Pianist Michael Mizrahi performed Preludes May 17, 2008, Southampton (NY) Cultural Center. Homage to Bartok was presented by The Quintsylvania Winds, May 31, Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall, New York, NY. El Andalus was performed June 14 by cellist Sharon Robinson and pianist Joseph Kalichstein for the Hudson Valley Chamber Music Society, Bard College, Rhinebeck, NY. Flutist Christine Potter played Two for Two for alto flute and piano at both the American Flute Convention, August 10, and the British Flute Convention, August 24. Lois Herbine, Lloyd Smith, and Charles Abramovic presented Lyric Trio, September 26, Concerts at Carmel, Glenside, PA.


Lisa McGrath’s recording The Colors Fall includes Winter Spirits, Sound Bytes, and Masks. Cristina Ledford’s recording Mosaics includes the premiere recording of Three Sketches for piccolo and piano.


Two for Two, alto flute and piano; Concertante Dragon Court, multiple flutes; Dream Dances for piano; all by Papagena Press, distributed by Presser. 

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