Katherine (December 2, 1937 – September 21, 2018) was a composer, educator, freelance flutist, and a loving mother who lived in New York City. She received many prestigious awards, including the the National Flute Association’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award, a National Endowment Composer’s Fellowship and many other awards, and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award (1994) in Composition. As co-founder of Papagena Press (1988), her works encompass over 90 individual titles. Katherine has rearranged many of her compositions with exciting variations of instrumentation. In addition, she has arranged cherished classical pieces for either different or modern instruments. Her legacy will remain to teach future composers and musicians to enjoy and expand their profession.
Katherine playing 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.
Dragon Court- fl[choir] Dances and Variations - fl hp Dancing - vc pn Divertimento - fl vn va vc Double Concerto - 2vn (pn) Double Concerto - 2vn str[orch] Dream Dances - pn Duo (Six Simple Duets) - 2fl Echo - ch[satb] Echo song- 2afl 6fl El Andalus - vc/va pn Eleni - A Greek Tragedy - orch Etudes for flute - fl Five Pieces - 3v v cl fl hn ob Five Pieces for Piano - pn Five pieces for wind quintet - ww qnt For Peace - Prayer in Time of War - fch Four Carols - v w/acc Four English Songs - ch[satb] bn ob pn Four Winds - fl orch (pn) Four Winds - fl pn From the Testament of Francois Villon - bbar bn str[qrt] Homage To Bartok - ww qnt Images - cl vn pn In Memoriam Ravi Shankar - vn Incantations - ch[ssa] fl prec Journey - bn pn Kokopeli - fl Kyrie - 12fl (org/bell) Kyrie - ch pn Lente et vote - 2satb 8fl Line Drawings - pn Litanae Domini - 2satb 8fl Lyric Trio - fl vc pn Mariposas - fl[orch] Masks - fl pn Medieval Suite - fl orch Medieval Suite - fl pn Mountain & Mesa - fl pn Night Skies - [4333 6440 hp timp perc str] Nocturne Fantasy - fl hp str[orch] Passacaglia and Romp - 2pn Peace is the Way - fch Peace is the Way - 6fl 2afl Piano Book- pn Pieces for Piano - pn Preludes for Piano - pn Psalm 100 - ch[satb] kbd Psalm 23 - ch[satb] org (orch[sm]) Quintet "Da Pacem" - 2vn va vc pn Quinto Suite - fl bn pn Qwindtet - ww qnt Reflections - fl Requiem - nar[m f] satb[solo] satb[chorus] acc Ritual - cl pn Selima - sop cl pn Serenade - cl 2vn va vc Set for Clarinet - 2cl Seven Haiku - sop fl Shadows - va pn Shoes For Two Clarinets And Piano - 2cl pn Sinfonia - bn qrt Sonata for brass quintet - 2tpt hn tbn tba Sonata for Oboe and Piano - ob pn Songs of Celebration - ch[satb] (kbd/br[qrt]) Songs of Joy - ch[satb] (kbd/br[qrt]) Sound Bytes - 2fl Spirit Flight - fl Stitch-Te Naku - vc orch Stitch-Te Naku - vc pn String Quartet - 2vn va vc String Quartet 2 (the Knot) - 2vn va vc Suite for Saxophones - sax qrt Suite for Two Flutes - 2fl Suite for Winds - ww qrt Summer Night - fl hn[F] str[qnt] (pn) Sweet Thievery - ch[madrigal satb] The Heart Speaks - sop pn The Last Invocation - 2ch[satb] The Word in Flower - mez fl gtr Thin Ice - pn Three Carols - ch[ssa] Three for Eight - fl/pc 6cfl afl Three Mvts For Brass Sextet - 2hn 2tpt tbn tu Three Mvts For Piano - pn Three Sketches - pic pn To Greet the Sun - fl To Many A Well - mez pn Toccata - pn Trio - vn vc pn Trio for Flutes - 3fl Turner Impressions - [3333 4331 3perc hp pn hpd] Two Dances - fl ob gtr Two for Two - afl/bfl pn Two Pieces (Fauré) - 2fl pn Two Preludes - fl vib mar Two Sketches - [2223[2.0] 2210 pn hp vc timp perc str] Wings - mez fl cl vn pn Winter Spirits - fl
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Katherine survives through her music and poems. Her family continues to correspond with her friends, peers, and acquaintances to understand her life and work better. Papagena Press and her family thank everyone for keeping her memory alive.
The challenge of accumulating and organizing her work and working materials (searching desk drawers, file cabinets, bookcases, credenzas, and closets) has been more significant than expected. We have successfully transferred most of her archives to The Eastman School of Music's Sibley Music Library Special Collections department.
Several outside sources have been valuable in rediscovering some of her early work. The United States Copyright Office and Library of Congress resources have provided many details. Additionally, The Pytheas Center for Contemporary Music best summarizes Katherine's Katherine hoover.com(2012) in great detail.
Below is a list of contacts and resources for those interested in exploring her music.
160 W 95th St #5B
NYC NY USA 10025
Sibley Music Library
UNIV. of Rochester
27 Gibbs St.
Rochester NY USA 14604
105 Great Valley Pkwy
Malvern PA USA 19355
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
250 West 57th Street
NYC NY USA 10107
OCLC Online Computer Library
6565 Kilgour Place
Dublin Ohio USA 43017
New York Women Composers, Inc.