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. HisPas 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 compositionDancing 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.