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Garrett Hope


Lincoln, NE         

Garrett Hope was born into a family that valued and practiced music daily. His mother was a primary school music teacher and children's choir director. As a result Garrett has been performing on stages of various sizes and in front many different audiences since he was toddler. Garrett studied piano, clarinet, guitar, and bass as he was growing up. Though he tinkered with sequencing and song writing it wasn’t until he began studying composition at university that he found his musical passion. Uncovering this passion lead to the completion of graduate degrees from the University of Northern Colorado and the University of Nebraska–Lincoln. Garrett had taught composition, music theory, music technology, and ear training as adjunct faculty at several institutions, but  after completing his DMA Garrett taught as a Visiting Assistant Professor in Pennsylvania. Returning to Lincoln after teaching in PA has allowed Garrett to focus on composing new music for ensembles of all styles and genres. He loves working with dancers, artists, scientists, film makers, and music teachers. Besides composing Garrett teaches guitar and bass at Harris Academy of the Arts in Lincoln, NE, and as a certified piano technician Garrett also owns and runs the Nebraska Tuning Company, LLC, Lincoln’s premiere piano tuning company.


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Articles December 21 2017 | By Garrett Hope

You’ve written a band piece. Now what? If you were commissioned by an ensemble to create something new just for them, a few problems are likely already solved for you:...

Articles December 14 2017 | By Garrett Hope

The leveling system provides a shortcut for educators who are looking for new pieces. It has also helped create a set of standards. There is basic agreement between the various...

Articles December 7 2017 | By Garrett Hope

Music is an art form and defies boxes and labels, but leveling music makes it easier to sell.