Robert Lopez-HanshawTucson, AZ
Robert Lopez-Hanshaw is the Music Director at Temple Emanu-El in Tucson, Arizona, and Guest Composer in Residence with the Southern Arizona Symphony Orchestra. He is also the editor of “Practical Microtones,” a compendium of fingerings and playing techniques in 72tet for all standard orchestral instruments, to be published in early 2021.
Lopez-Hanshaw is a clinician on the pedagogy of microtones and of the Ashkenazi Jewish prayer modes, at events such as the North American Jewish Choral Festival, the BEYOND Microtonal Music Festival, the Guild of Temple Musicians, and the North American Saxophone Alliance Biennial Conference.
His pieces have been commissioned by community and religious organizations in Southern Arizona, as well as individual performers throughout the US. His piece “vokas animo,” for choir and full orchestra in 72-tone equal temperament, will be premiered in January 2020 by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.
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