Katherine Hoover (December 2, 1937 – September 21, 2018) was born in West Virginia and resided in New York during her active career as composer, conductor, and flutist. She was the recipient of a National Endowment Composer’s Fellowship and many other awards, including an Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award in Composition. Four of her pieces won the National Flute Association’s Newly Published Music Competition. Her works are published by Theodore Presser, Carl Fischer, and Papagena Press. Recordings of her music have been issued on Koch, Delos, Parnassus, Gasparo, Summit, Centaur, Cantilena, Bayer, Boston and Leonarda.
Ms. Hoover’s tone poem Eleni: A Greek Tragedy, has been performed by many orchestras, including the Harrisburg and Fort Worth Symphonies. Stitch-te Naku, for Cello and Orchestra, written for Sharon Robinson, was presented by the Long Beach (CA) and Santa Monica Orchestras, the Women’s Philharmonic, and Orchestra Sonoma. Her Clarinet Concerto, written for jazz virtuoso Eddie Daniels, was premiered with the Santa Fe Symphony.
The Colorado and Montclaire Quartets, Dorian, Sylvan and Richards Quintets, and the Eroica Trio have featured her work. The New Jersey Chamber Music Society premiered her Quintet (Da Pacem) for piano and strings at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center. Julius Baker, Eugenia Zukerman, Jeffrey Khaner, Mimi Stillman, Carol Wincenc, and Metropolitan Opera bass John Cheek have also presented her pieces.
The commissioning, rehearsing, and premiere of her Dances and Variations at Kennedy Center are the subject of an Emmy-winning documentary, called New Music, by Deborah Novak. “Classical Pulse,” Jan. 1997: critic Leslie Gerber picked Hoover’s Quintet (Da Pacem) as one of the five best recordings of 1996. In November of 2002 Ms. Hoover’s Requiem: A Service of Remembrance for chorus, soloists, speakers, brass, percussion, and organ (featuring poetry by Walt Whitman) was premiered at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in New York City.
Ms. Hoover attended the Eastman School of Music and holds a Masters in Music Theory from the Manhattan School, where she taught for many years. Her main flute study was with Joseph Mariano and William Kincaid; she has given concerto performances at Lincoln Center and performed with ballet and opera companies in New York’s major halls, as well as recording solo and chamber repertoire. Ms. Hoover also attended the Conductors Institute and led performances in Wisconsin, West Virginia, New York, and Pennsylvania.
Cover Title (Subtitle) Duration Instrumentation Solo At The Piano Piano Dream DancesPiano Piano Etudes Flute In MemoriamFor Solo Violin Violin Unaccompanied Pieces for Piano Piano Preludes for Piano Piano Reflections for Solo Flute Flute Spirit Flight Flute Thin Ice Piano Toccata Piano Chamber Ensemble Antics for Two Flutes 2 Flutes Aria & Allegro Aria for Bassoon and Piano Ayres Soprano Saxophone, Piano Canyon Echoes Flute and Guitar Caprice Flute, Guitar Celebration for Flute Ensemble Central American Songs Clarinet Concerto 22:00 Clarinet with Piano Clowning Around Flute Quartet Dances & Variations for Flute and Harp Dancing Violin, Piano Divertimento Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello Dragon Court El Andalus Four Winds Flute, Piano Homage To Bartok Woodwind Quintet Images JourneyBassoon & Piano Bassoon, Piano Kokopeli Kyrie for 12 Flutes Lyric Trio for Flute, Cello, and Piano Mariposas for Flute Orchestra Masks Medieval SuiteFor Flute and Piano 19:00 Flute solo, Piano Mountain & Mesa Flute, Piano Peace Is The Way 8 Flutes Quintet (Da Pacem) Requiem Ritual for Clarinet and Piano Clarinet, Piano Selima Seven Haiku The Heart Speaks Seven MusesA Contemporary Anthology for Flute and Piano Flute with Piano ShadowsViola & Piano Viola, Piano Sinfonia 4 Bassoons Sonata for Oboe and Piano Sound Bytes for Flute Duet 2 Flutes Stitch-Te Naku String Quartet No.1 String Quartet String Quartet No.2 String Quartet Suite for Saxophone Quartet SATB Saxophones Summer NightFor Flute, Horn, and Strings 7:00 Chamber Ensemble Three for Eight for Flute Ensemble 8 Flutes Three Sketches Piccolo, Piano To Greet The Sun Trio for Flutes 3 Flutes Trio for Violin, Cello, and Piano Two for Two Two PiecesLe Jardin De Dolly / Le Pas Espanol(arr.) 2 Flutes, Piano Two Preludes Flute, Vibraphone, Marimba Winter Spirits Orchestra Clarinet Concerto 20:00 Solo Bb Cl.; 2 2 1 2 A.Sax. – 2 3 3 0; Perc. Str. Eleni: A Greek Tragedy 15:00 3(Picc.) 3(E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 2(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3 1; Perc. Timp. Gtr.(Acoustic w/Steel Strings) Str. Alto Voice J. M. W. Turner: Impressions 22′ 3(dbl. 3Picc.) 3(dbl.E.H.) 3(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 4 3 3(B.Tbn.) 1; Timp. 3Perc. Pno.(dbl.Hpsch.) Hp. Str. Medieval Suite 19:00 Solo Fl.; 1(Picc.) 1 2 1 – 2 0 2(B.Tbn.) 0; 2Perc. Hp. Str. Summer Night 6:10 Fl. Hn.soli; Str. Two Sketches 8:00 2(Picc.) 2(E.H.) 2(B.Cl.) 3(Cbsn.) – 2 2 1 0; Timp. 3Perc. Pno. Cel. Hp. Str.
Eleni: A Greek Tragedy