Profile:Nick Hwang

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Life of Music

Nick's parents began teaching him piano at age 5, and involved him in the church choir at the same time. From there, he knew he wanted to be a composer. Well, not really. He decided 16 years later. Between that time, Nick studied oboe for 12 years and learned to play sax, handbells, guitar along the way. He went to Seminole High School where he was involved in the Ensemble Ensemble and Marching Band, as principle oboe and drum major.

Nick's father, a dentist, led the choir at church and often wrote his own arrangements of pieces. In high school, Nick began composing - mostly small ensemble pieces and solo piano works. In college, Nick majored in Microbiology at the University of Florida and did not start taking music classes until his junior year. He switched to music composition in 2003 and studied with James Paul Sain, Paul Koonce, and Paul Richards. Nick finished his bachelor's degree in 2005, in Music Composition. Nick is currently at LSU finishing his masters in composition with Dinos Constantinides.

Selected List of Compositions

Concert Music

2006 Memories for LSU New Music Ensemble Quintet for Woodwinds for woodwind quintet Coalesce for full Orchestra Entropy for mixed mallet performers Duet for Flute and Trumpet The Dark for Soprano and Harpsichord

2005 loves itself shall slumber on for Soprano voice, marimba and cello In Reverie for alto saxophone and piano

2004 Oboe Sonata for oboe and piano Quintet for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and French horn

2003 Psalm 119 for SATB choir

2000 Youthful Bliss for solo piano

Selected Performances

2006 The Dark, Duet for Flute and Trumpet; Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

2005 Quintet for Woodwinds; Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA Entropy; New Music Ensemble, Festival of New Music, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA

2005 Oboe Sonata, Quintet, In reverie, loves itself shall slumber on; Senior Composition recital, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

2004 Quintet; Society of Composers Student Chapter Concert, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL Oboe Sonata; Society of Composers International, Student Chapter Concert, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

Professional Affiliations

The American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP)
Society of Composers, International
American Composers Forum
National Association of Composers/USA (NACUSA)