Robert Hutchinson, professor of music theory and composition at
the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, earned a PhD from
the University of Oregon in 1998, an MM from Northern Arizona University in
1993, and a BA from California State University Bakersfield in 1992.
Hutchinson's most recent premiere was Pas de Quatre (on YouTube), a commission from Timothy Christie
for the 2010 Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival. During his
Spring 2009 sabbatical, Hutchinson composed
The Forest Nocturnal Triptych, a commission
from Rickey Badua and the Peninsula High School Band premiered in May 2010. In 2009,
Hutchinson's three-movement, 25-minute
Concerto for Violin and Wind Ensemble was premiered at the University of
Puget Sound by violinist Maria Sampen and the University of Puget Sound Wind Ensemble, directed
by Professor Robert Taylor. An orchestral version of the concerto will be
premiered by the Tacoma Youth Symphony with Professor Sampen during their 2010-2011 season.
In February 2007,
As the Blue Night Descends upon the World
was premiered by the Tacoma Concert Band. A revised version was premiered at the University
of Puget Sound the following year and was subsequently selected for performance at two
regional Society of Composers conferences, the first at California State University Stanislaus in
October 2008, and the second at Oklahoma City University in February 2009.
The "Rondo" movement from
his Suite for Wind Quartet
in May 2006 by the Auburn Chamber Winds (of the Auburn Symphony). A commission for string
Fantasia on Themes of Mozart, was commissioned and premiered by the
Northwest Sinfonietta in March 2006 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Mozart's birth.
In 2004, the Tacoma Youth Symphony commissioned and premiered
From the Sea to the Stars.
Dancing on the Strand
for wind ensemble was presented at the Symposium XXIX for New Band Music in Richmond,
Virginia, in 2004, and at the Southwestern Division Biennial Convention of the College Band Directors
Association at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas, in 2004. In addition,
Dancing on the Strand
received an honorable mention in the competition for ASCAP's
2004 Rudolph Nissim Award and was selected for performance at the Society of Composers 2004
National Conference in Oklahoma.
Jeux d'Enfants was selected by the Charles Ives Center for American
Music for a June 2002 premiere by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra at the Piccolo
Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina. Additionally, Jeux d'Enfants was selected for
performance at the
Society of Composers 2004 National Conference in
Oklahoma in 2004. In 2002,
The Slow Voyage Through
Night for symphonic band was performed at the Society of Composers' national
conference in Akron, Ohio.
The Oregon Festival of American Music, Oregon Wind Ensemble and the Oregon Festival Choirs
commissioned Liberatio in Morte for solo baritone voice, children’s choir and wind
ensemble for a February 2000 premiere. His Trio for flute, clarinet and marimba was
premiered in July 1998 as part of the American Milestones series at the Oregon Bach Festival.
In 1997, Hutchinson won the Third Angle New Music Ensemble’s Young Composers Competition.
Portland-based Third Angle performed his
Three Character Pieces for mixed chamber
ensemble in Portland and Salem in February 1998. In January 1997, a commission for string
The Moon Kissing The Sea, was premiered by the Musica da Camera orchestra
in Bakersfield, California.
Four of his compositions for band (Dancing on the Strand, Musser Overture, The Slow Voyage
Through Night, and Beyond the Dark Horizon) are published by Walrus Music
Hutchinson is also a jazz bassist and organizes and appears at the Jazz in the Rotunda
series at the University of Puget Sound.