Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, United States
In 1980 Michael Dustin Hicks received a Bachelor of Music degree from Brigham Young University.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois, United States
In 1980 Michael Dustin Hicks obtained a Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1984.
(Music has flourished in the Mormon church since its begin...)
Music has flourished in the Mormon church since its beginning. In this book, Michael Hicks examines the direction that music's growth has taken since 1830. He looks closely at topics including the denomination's first official hymnals; the views of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young on singing; the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; and the changing attitudes of church officialdom and laity toward popular and non-western music styles.
(This book looks at the artists and innovations in garage ...)
This book looks at the artists and innovations in garage rock and psychedelic music in the 1960s.
(In this first full-length study of Henry Cowell, Michael ...)
In this first full-length study of Henry Cowell, Michael Hicks shows how the maverick composer, writer, teacher, and performer built his career on the intellectual and aesthetic foundations of his parents, community, and teachers - and exemplified the essence of bohemian California.
(In this first interpretive narrative of the life and work...)
In this first interpretive narrative of the life and work of Christian Wolff, Michael Hicks and Christian Asplund trace the influences and sensibilities of a contemporary composer's atypical career path and restless imagination. Written in full cooperation with Wolff, including access to his papers, this volume is a much-needed introduction to a leading avant-garde composer still living, writing music, and speaking about his own work.
("Why 'street-legal'? That’s a term we use for souped-up c...)
"Why 'street-legal'? That’s a term we use for souped-up cars - streamlined and powerfully efficient but also decorative, with decals, pinstriping, and tricked-out doodads - that still can be ridden in normal lanes of traffic. They’re not cars meant for everyday errands, to be sure. Offroad is their normal habitat. But the only thing they usually lack to be 'normal' is a better muffler. This paraphrase of the Book of Mormon is like that. I’ve streamlined a lot of passages, put them in terse, up-to-date vernacular, thinking that’s what one would have done if one were scratching the book out on metal plates. I’ve tried to muscle up the prose. But I’ve also added lots of linguistic decals: digressions, snippets of commentary, queries, and even humor, which the original editor, Mormon, apparently cut."
(A first-of-its-kind history, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir ...)
A first-of-its-kind history, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir tells the epic story of how an all-volunteer group founded by persecuted religious outcasts grew into a multimedia powerhouse synonymous with the mainstream and with Mormonism itself. Drawing on decades of work observing and researching the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Michael Hicks examines the personalities, decisions, and controversies that shaped "America's choir." Here is the miraculous story behind the Tabernacle's world-famous acoustics, the anti-Mormonism that greeted early tours, the clashes with Church leaders over repertoire and presentation, the radio-driven boom in popularity, the competing visions of rival conductors, and the Choir's aspiration to be accepted within classical music even as Mormons sought acceptance within American culture at large. Everything from Billboard hits to TV appearances to White House performances paved the way for Mormonism's crossover triumph. Yet, as Hicks shows, such success raised fundamental concerns regarding the Choir's mission, functions, and image.
(Do Clouds Rest? Playfully archives the musings of a mothe...)
Do Clouds Rest? Playfully archives the musings of a mother and son as they spend time together during her final eight months of life with dementia. From Marilyn Thompson’s entry into an assisted living center in Utah to the obituary and eulogy that followed her abrupt death, these anecdotes and reflections by her only child, Michael, reveal her wit and instinct for survival as she gradually realizes that she is literally losing her mind - or at least most of its everyday parts. The woman beneath the surface of her decline emerges in fresh ways, however, abbreviated and questioning. The book is short but vivid as the mosaic of daily experiences depicts not only a woman but a reborn and recalibrated relationship.
In 1980 Michael Dustin Hicks received a Bachelor of Music degree from Brigham Young University. In 1980 he obtained a Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 1984.
Michael Dustin Hicks has been teaching at Brigham Young University (BYU) since 1985 and a full professor since 1996. He has been an invited guest lecturer at Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley and has read papers at various national meetings of groups such as the Society for American Music and the American Musicological Society.
As a composer, his chamber and solo works have been performed and recorded by BYU's University Singers, Concert Choir, and Group for New Music (which he founded in 1987); by other performers around the country (including the Black Swamp Saxophone Quartet, the Menlo Brass Quintet, and the Memphis Symphony Brass Quintet); and by performing artists at events of the NOVA Chamber Series, American Society of University Composers, Cincinnati Composers Guild, and the Subtropics Music Festival. From 2007 to 2010 Hicks was an editor of the journal American Music published by the University of Illinois.
(In this first full-length study of Henry Cowell, Michael ...)2002
(A first-of-its-kind history, The Mormon Tabernacle Choir ...)2015
(In this first interpretive narrative of the life and work...)2012
("Why 'street-legal'? That’s a term we use for souped-up c...)2012
(Do Clouds Rest? Playfully archives the musings of a mothe...)2017
(This book looks at the artists and innovations in garage ...)1999
(Music has flourished in the Mormon church since its begin...)1989
Michael Dustin Hicks is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
On December 28, 1978, Michael Dustin Hicks married Pamela Bodell. They have four children: Rachel, Julia, Caleb, John.