Katherine Hoover was born in West Virginia and resides in New York where she maintains an active career as composer, conductor, and flutist. She is the recipient of a National Endowment Composer’s Fellowship and many other awards, including an Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award in Composition. Five of her pieces, including her piece for flute alone “Kokopeli”, which has sold over 8,000 copies to date, have won the National Flute Association’s Newly Published Music Competition. Her works are published by Theodore Presser, Carl Fischer, and Papagena Press. CD’s of her music have been issued on Koch, Delos, Parnassus, Gasparo, Summit, Centaur, Cantilena, Boston, et al.
Ms. Hoover’s tone poem Eleni: A Greek Tragedy, has been performed by thirteen 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 Womens Philharmonic, and Orchestra Sonoma. Her Clarinet Concerto, written for jazz virtuoso Eddie Daniels, was premiered with the Santa Fe Symphony. In January, 1994, Ms. Hoover conducted the premiere of her Night Skies, a 25-minute work for large orchestra, with the Harrisburg Symphony.
The Colorado and Montclaire Quartets, Dorian, Sylvan and Richards Quintets, and the Eroica Trio have featured her works. In 1989 the New Jersey Chamber Music Society premiered Quintet (Da Pacem) for piano and strings at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. Pianists Joseph Kalichstein, Anne Marie McDermott, Christopher Taylor, and Mirian Conti have performed her works. Flutists Julius Baker, Eugenia Zukerman, Jeffrey Khaner, Mimi Stillman, Carol Wincenc, Bonita Boyd, clarinetists Stanley Drucker and Eddie Daniels, and Metropolitan Opera singers Katherine Ciesinski and John Cheek have also presented her pieces.
Ms. Hoover has received numerous commissions, including the New Jersey Chamber Music Society, Arizona Friends of Music (for Sharon Robinson), NYSMTA (2), National Flute Association (2), Grand Canyon Festival, Pianofest, Bay Area Womens Philharmonic, Southeast Kansas Orchestra, the Brannen Fund (3), and a Consortium of 32 bassoonists organized by Peter Kolkay, et al.
Ms. Hoover attended the Eastman School of Music, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s in Music Theory and a Performer’s Certificate in flute, and holds a Masters in Music Theory from the Manhattan School, where she taught for 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.
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 1865/2001 for chorus, soloists, speakers, brass, percussion and organ, with poetry by Walt Whitman, was premiered at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in New York City.
On March 5, 2011 Hoover’s Turner Impressions was premiered to a full-house in Plymouth, Michigan by the Plymouth Symphony under the direction of Nan Washburn. The 4-movement piece was enthusiastically received by the audience with a standing ovation.