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Garrett Hope

Lincoln, NE         

Garrett’s purpose is to use his God-given creativity & communication skills to entertain & enlighten people, draw people together for a common purpose, and to empower composers of all ages.

He was won several awards for his music, and holds a doctorate in composition, but what matters most to him is working with students and storytellers.

Besides composing and conducting, Garrett hosts The Portfolio Composer (a podcast on the business of writing music), is a public speaker, and travels widely to clinic & workshop with ensembles.

Learn more at garretthope.com and listen to The Portfolio Composer at theportfoliocomposer.com.

Diary of the One Swelling Sea

This music is part of a three-way collaboration with poet Jill McCabe Johnson (www.jillmccabejohnson.com) and visual artist Corinne Duchesne (www.corinneduchesne.com) in which the viewer/listener/reader is invited to enter into the realm of the ocean and participate in the water’s relationship with the earth, animals, and humans. It is a powerful immersive experience and was premiered at the Berman Museum of Art on the Ursinus College campus in Pennsylvania in the Spring of 2014. The four movements play in a continuous loop.

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God’s Grandeur

This work for unaccompanied SSAATTBB chorus is a powerful and expressive setting of Gerard Manley Hopkins’ text of the same name. This piece is the winner of the 2003 Young Colorado Composers Award.

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Schizocosa is a work of musique concrète that is built entirely on sounds produced by arachnids. Part of a three-way collaboration with choreographer Susan Levine and biologist Eileen Hebets, this work takes the research in arachnid communication by Dr. Hebets and transforms it into a beautiful soundscape for dance. Many of the arachnid-produced sounds have been transformed through temporal and pitch manipulation, but there are still some left unprocessed. It has been performed in NE, KS, and CO.

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NewMusicBox Articles

Articles May 3 2018 | By Garrett Hope
An Introvert’s Guide to the New Music Gathering (and Other Networking Events)

The reality about the New Music Gathering (and all conferences, really) is that we can’t space the doses of people out. Conference organizers, especially the NMG organizers, design the event...

Articles December 21 2017 | By Garrett Hope
Leveling Up, Part 3: Entering the Marketplace

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
Leveling Up, Part 2: Making the Grade

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...

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