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Composer in residence
Hare named to five-year post with regional symphony
Friday, Sept. 3, 2010
PULLMAN - Ryan M. Hare, associate professor in the School of Music, has been named to a five-year appointment as composer in residence for the Washington Idaho Symphony.
Hare will be commissioned to write a composition in commemoration of the symphony's 40th season in 2011-12. He also will help develop a young composer's competition and an all-ages American composer's competition.
Hare's compositions have been heard in numerous venues and festivals throughout the U.S., Germany and Chile. Recent honors include a prestigious Artist Trust Fellowship and commissions and premieres by the Washington Idaho Symphony ("Three Short Pieces for Orchestra,") and Affinity Chamber Players of Seattle ("Chamber Concerto").
As a concert bassoonist, Hare recently recorded a compact disc on the Present Sounds label of new music written for bassoon solo and bassoon with electronics; seven pieces were written specifically for him.
Originally from Reno, Nev., Hare earned a doctor of musical arts degree in composition from the University of Washington, a master of music in composition from Ithaca College and a bachelor of arts in music from Oregon State University.
Prior to his arrival at WSU, he held appointments at the University of Washington, Seattle University, Seattle Pacific University and Oregon State University. He taught composition and bassoon at Music Works Northwest, a community music school in Bellevue, Wash.
His principal teachers in composition have been Joël-François Durand, Richard Karpen and Diane Thome at the University of Washington; Greg Woodward at Ithaca College; and Ron Jeffers at Oregon State University, with additional lessons from Shulamit Ran, Jacob Druckman, Brian Ferneyhough and Paul-Heinz Dittrich. Hare's significant teachers for bassoon include Arthur Grossman, Lee Goodhew, Mike Curtis and Seth Krimsky.
The Washington Idaho Symphony, under the leadership of music director and conductor Jeremy Briggs Roberts, provides professional orchestral concerts to the Palouse region. It was founded in 1972 and received nonprofit status in 1974.
The symphony's more than 70 instrumentalists are primarily resident music faculty, professional free-lance musicians and graduate students of WSU and the University of Idaho in Moscow.
For ticket information, see www.washingtonidahosymphony.org or phone 332-3408.