Biography in .pdf form here
GREGORY HALL (b. 1959) was born in San Francisco, CA. He holds a B.A. degree in Music from the University of California, Santa Barbara (1982), completing studies with Emma Lou Diemer and Peter Racine Fricker, and a Diploma degree in Composition from the Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia PA (1986), where he studied with Ned Rorem. He completed further studies in 2005 at Boston University with Theodore Antoniou, Samuel Headrick, and Lukas Foss. From 1993 to 2005 he was Vice-President of the Maine Composer’s Forum (MCF), and served from 2005-present as President of the MCF. In 2000 he was elected to the membership of the American Composers Alliance (ACA). His works are published (non-exclusively) by the ACA. He is a Fellow of the Ucross Foundation, a member of the American Composers Forum, and the American Music Center.
Commissions, Awards, Recordings:
In 1991 he received a commission for the Hardanger Trio from the Maine Music Teachers National Association, and again in 2013 for The Four Ranges. Mr. Hall was selected as the “Maine Composer of the Year” in 1997 by the Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music, Brunswick, ME. Arkadia, commissioned in 2000 by the Arcady Chamber Orchestra, Bar Harbor, ME, received several performances at various venues in Maine. He appeared as guest on and subject of the July 8, 2000 Kalvos and Damien New Music Bazaar radio show entitled “Basic Instinct”. In 2002 the Asa Adams School in Orono, ME commissioned Asa Adams-We Found You. Nancy Ogle commissioned Doubt No More That Oberon for the 100 anniversary of the “discovery” of Edna St. Vincent Millay in Camden, ME. Mr. Hall’s Water: 2 Poems of W.S. Merwin for Soprano and Orchestra appears in Vol. 15 of ERMMedia’s “Masterworks of the New Era” CD series. Parma Recordings released his Variations on Ongiara on the CD “Harmonious Dissonance”, and his Quartet for saxophones on the CD “Quartet at the Crossroads”, and a solo CD,”Compositional Improvisations From ‘The Mysteria’”. CRS Recordings released his solo violoncello work Halling on the CD “Virtual Virtuosity” in 2014, and will release Six Scenes from “Ongiara” (Niagara) for orchestra in 2015.
He has composed nearly fifty works for varied ensembles. He has participated in concerts by the Back Cove Festival, ACA, Society of Composers, Inc., Maine Arts, Gamper Festival, The Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States, Ought-One Festival, and in numerous concerts of the Maine Composers Forum. His MAX algorithm 21st Century Baroque for computer and sampling device(s) appeared on the MAX list CD-ROM. Currently Mr. Hall is pursuing the art of compositional piano improvisation in addition to writing, performing live twice weekly in the online virtual world Second Life, and in a variety of real-world venues.
Mr. Hall’s recordings and works have been reviewed several times in the New Music Connoisseur, the New York Times, The American Record Guide, MusicWeb International, as well as the Portland (Maine) Press-Herald. He currently reviews CD’s for the Contemporary Record Society (CRS) Society News Magazine.
Ucross Foundation, Ucross, WY–November 2007.
Mr. Hall is listed in Marquis’ “Who’sWho in America” and Marquis’ “Who’sWho in the World”.
Water: Two Songs of W.S. Merwin–tracks 9 and 10
Saxophone Quartet–tracks 6 through 9
“Ongiara”, string quintet–tracks 5 and 6
Compositional Improvisations–solo piano