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Robert Hutchinson

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Robert Hutchinson


Robert Hutchinson (b. 1970) is an American composer and educator.

Dr. Hutchinson received his Bachelor of Arts degree in music in 1992 at California State University, Bakersfield, his MMus in 1993 from Northern Arizona, and his Ph.D. in 1998 from the University of Oregon.

Dr. Hutchinson teaches music theory, orchestration, analysis, counterpoint, improvisation, and composition at the University of Puget Sound where he earned the 2007 Thomas A. Davis Teaching Award.

Hutchinson's most recent premiere was Pas de Quatre (on YouTube), a commission from Timothy Christie for the 2010 Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival. During his spring 2009 sabbatical, Hutchinson composed The Forest Nocturnal Triptych, a commission from Rickey Badua and 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 by violinist Maria Sampen and the University of Puget Sound Wind Ensemble, directed by Professor Robert Taylor.

In February 2007, As the Blue Night Descends upon the World was premiered by the Tacoma Concert Band. The "Rondo" movement from his Suite for Wind Quartet was premiered in May 2006 by the Auburn Chamber Winds (of the Auburn Symphony). A commission for string orchestra, Fantasia on Themes of Mozart, was commissioned and premiered by the Northwest Sinfonietta in March 2006 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth. In 2004, the Tacoma Youth Symphony commissioned and premiered From the Sea to the Stars.

Hutchinson's Dancing on the Strand for wind ensemble was presented at the Symposium XXIX for New Band Music in Richmond, Virginia, in 2004, and at the Southwestern Division Biennial Convention of the College Band Directors National Association at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, in 2004.

In 1997, Hutchinson won the Third Angle New Music Ensemble’s Young Composers Competition. Portland-based Third Angle performed his Three Character Pieces for mixed chamber ensemble in Portland and Salem in February 1998.

Hutchinson is also a jazz bassist and organizes and appears at the Jazz in the Rotunda series at the University of Puget Sound.

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