Heidi Dallin shares Cape Ann Symphony notes: Meet Adolphus Hailstork, Composer

Heidi Dallin shares:


meet Adolphus Hailstork, Composer

Feeling and Spirit in sound – Adolphus Hailstork

Born in Rochester, NY in 1941, Adolphus Hailstork grew up in Albany where he studied violin, piano, organ and voice. He currently resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

He began his studies in composition at Howard University and then attended the American Conservatory at Fontainebleau, France, where he studied with Nadia Boulanger. He received his Bachelor and Master of Music from the Manhattan School of Music and received his PhD in composition from Michigan State University.

Dr. Hailstork taught at Michigan State University, then served as professor at Youngstown State University in Ohio and then became professor of music and Composer-in-Residence at Virginia’s Norfolk State University. He is currently a professor emeritus of music and Composer-in-Residence at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.

He composes in all forms: symphonic works and tone poems for orchestra; concertos and numerous chamber works; duos for such combinations as horn and piano, clarinet and piano, flute and piano; numerous songs; band works and many pieces for piano and pipe organ.

His works blend musical ideas from both the African American and European traditions. His most recent work is “A Knee on the Neck,” a requiem cantata for George Floyd, one of many compositions that reflect his engagement with Black history. His Sonata Di Chiesa which we will hear on July 18 is an especially rich and romantic work for strings.


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