Katherine Hoover

Katherine Hoover

katherine hoover

Katherine Hoover

Papagena Press Founder

Katherine (December 2, 1937 – September 21, 2018) was born in West Virginia and resided in New York. For more than 50 years, Ms. Hoover was a composer and freelance flutist in New York City.

She was the recipient of National Flute Association’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award, a National Endowment Composer’s Fellowship and many other awards, including an American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award (1994) in Composition.

Since founded in 1988, Papagena's catalogue has grown to include 90 individual titles of Katherine's work. Many of these have one or more interesting rearrangements.

Please listen to Katherine playing her famed Kokopeli.

Theodore Presser is the world-wide distributor for Papagena Press and most of Katherine Hoover's compositions. Papagena's catalog lists more than 90 of Katherine's works, including her 6 National Flute Association's Newly Published Music Competition winners.

Boelke Boemart / Schott is the world-wide distributor for four of Katherine's works.

Songs of Peer LTD. is the world-wide distributor for four of Katherine's works.

WC Music Corp. is the world-wide distributor for one of Katherine's works.

Recordings of her music have been published by Koch Entertainment, Delos Music, Parnassus Records, Gasparo, Summit Records, Centaur Records (ref: HBDirect), Cantilena Records, BMG/Bayer Music Group, Boston Records, Leonarda Classical Recordings, Albany Records, Fleur de Son, Innova, North Pacific Music.

Katherine's Life

Biography ▶

Composed from Katherine's bio's, husband and son.

Compositions ▶

Searchable by titles or any of 14 catagories.

Interviews ▶

Introductions to 14 interviews. abstracts, and, podcasts.

Tributes ▶

Under Re-construction.

Many Thanks ▶

To those whom improved this website.


Papagena Press

160 W 95th St #5B
New York, NY 10025

Theodore Presser Company

105 Great Valley Pkwy
Malvern, PA 19355


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
250 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10107


OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
6565 Kilgour Place
Dublin Ohio 43017


New York Women Composers, Inc.


Pytheas Center for Contemporary Music
389 Cousins Street
Yarmouth, Maine, USA 04096

In Memoriam

Katherine's husband and son have established this website to memorialize Katherine and her legacy. Every effort will be made to accurately and precisely detail her life, philosophy, and work. Unfortunately, she was taken from us suddenly. Thankfully, Papagena Press will continue forward, managed by her family.

Exploring rooms and computers full of her music, notes, and research would take the family years to review and document fully. Thankfully, an archive is being established to preserve her work and to facilitate research. This website will improve as discoverIes become updates. Missing research notes, program notes, arrangements, and remembrances will be added as we move forth. The family is looking forward to corresponding with her peers and protoges in search of such details.

Katherine's family wishes to thank everyone for their support. Gloriously, she survives through her music and poems.