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Ted Hearne


Los Angeles, CA         

Composer, singer and bandleader Ted Hearne (b. 1982, Chicago) draws on a wide breadth of influences ranging across music's full terrain, to create intense, personal and multi-dimensional works. 

Hearne's oratorio The Source sets text from the Iraq and Afghanistan War Logs along with words by Chelsea Manning (the U.S. Army private who leaked those classified documents to WikiLeaks), and was premiered to rave reviews last October at the BAM Next Wave Festival in Brooklyn. The New York Times included The Source on its list of the best classical vocal performances of 2014, noting that the work “offers a fresh model of how opera and musical theater can tackle contemporary issues: not with documentary realism, but with ambiguity, obliquity, and even sheer confusion.”

Hearne’s piece Katrina Ballads, another modern-day oratorio with a primary source libretto, was awarded the 2009 Gaudeamus Prize in composition and was named one of the best classical albums of 2010 by Time Out Chicago and The Washington Post. He is one-sixth of the composer collective Sleeping Giant, he performs/composes with Philip White as part of the vocal-electronics duo R WE WHO R WE. Recent collaborations paired him with poet/performer Saul Williams, director Daniel Fish and hiphop/soul legend Erykah Badu.

Law of Mosaics, Hearne's 30-minute piece for string orchestra, was recently performed by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and San Francisco Symphony. His album of the same name, with Andrew Norman and A Far Cry, was named one of The New Yorker's notable albums of 2014 by Alex Ross. Notable orchestral commissions include works for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, San Francisco Symphony, and a new multimedia work for the New World Symphony to be conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas.

Ted Hearne was awarded the 2014 New Voices Residency from Boosey and Hawkes, and he serves on the composition faculty at the University of Southern California. Upcoming commissions include works for Ensemble Dal Niente and the Calder Quartet, and a new album of Hearne's music performed by The Crossing will see release on Cantaloupe Music in March 2017.


Articles by Ted Hearne:

Articles November 7 2008 | By Ted Hearne
It’s Showtime!

Today, the Minnesota Orchestra will play our music in concert, and you're invited. We'll be webcast on Minnesota Public Radio at 8 p.m. central time.

Articles November 5 2008 | By Ted Hearne
Neatness Counts: Bucking Trends in Orchestra Notation

The standardization of orchestral and notational practice can, if a composer isn't careful, hold back musical creativity.

Articles November 3 2008 | By Ted Hearne
Hello, My Name Is: Harnessing the Composer Network

A large part of this whole program is about relating to those who are presenting or hearing your music in a positive way, and learning how to benefit yourself through...

Articles October 31 2008 | By Ted Hearne
Meet the Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute Bloggers

The Minnesota Orchestra's Composer Institute (Nov. 1-8) will be a fast-paced experience culminating in a public performance, and this year participants Ted Hearne and Justin Merritt have volunteered to tag-team...