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composer , conductor , writer

Howard Douglas Hersh, American composer, conductor, writer. Recipient Composition prize, Stanford (California) University, 1962, Special award, Rex Foundation, 1995, Music Alive award, 2001; fellow, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, 2003, Meet the Composer, 2005; grantee, Puffin Foundation, 2003, 2005.


Hersh, Howard Douglas was born on April 16, 1940 in Santa Monica, California, United States. Son of Rudolph and Matilda Hersh.


Bachelor with honours, Stanford University, California, 1961. Master of Arts, Stanford University, California, 1963.


Director music KPFA-FM, Berkeley, California, 1967—1969. Program annotator San Francisco (California) Symphony, 1970—1980. Founding director San Francisco (California) Conservatory New Music Ensemble, 1972—1979.

Director Music Now, Sacramento, since 1989. Composer-in-residence Music in the Mountains, Grass Valley, California, 2002. Founding director Nevada County Composers Coalition, Nevada City, California, 1995—1999, Young Composers Program, Grass Valley, 2002—2005.


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    • Composer: Quartet for flute, violin, english horn, and bass clarinet, 1961, Piece for Fourteen instruments, 1963, Phos kai iremos, 1965, Gil, 1966, A Far Off Place, 1982, Italian Songs, 1983, Sketches from Life (I-Angels on the Roof), 1985, Sketches from Life (II-Dreaming of Rain), 1988, Just Imagine, 1988, Three Songs on Poems of Apollinaire, 1988, Shrapnel in the Heart, 1991, Dear Kitty (Skye Boat Song), 1992, Spring, 1992, A Crown of Feathers, 1992, Earthly Prayers, 1993, The Gate, 1994, The Hundredth Monkey, 1994, The Idea of North, 1995, Lullaby for the Millennium, 1995, Five Benedictions for the Little Flowers, 1997, California Songs, 1998, Millennium Spring, 1999, Sonata for violin and percussion (with string bass obbligato), 2000, Early Harvests, 2000, The History Lesson, 2001, Violin Concerto, 2002, Run!, 2003, Concerto da Camera, 2003, Three Pieces for Piano, 2004, Braided River Nights, 2004, Angels & Watermarks, 2005, Pony Concerto, 2005, Children Of God, 2005, Solo, 2006, The Pony Concerto, 2007.


Member of American Society of Composers (Standard awards 1992—2006), American Music Center (grantee 2005), American Composers Forum (grantee 2001-2005).


Married Jill Christine Mary Scott. Children: Justin, Gillian, Francesca Soriano, Sarah.

Rudolph Hersh

Matilda Hersh

Jill Christine Mary Scott

Justin Hersh

Gillian Hersh

Francesca Soriano Hersh

Sarah Hersh