his doctorate in composition from Michigan State University, where he
was a student of H. Owen Reed. He previously studied at Manhattan
School of Music under Vittorio Giannini and David Diamond, at the
American Institute at Fontainebleau with Nadia Boulanger, and at
Howard University with Mark Fax.
Dr. Hailstork has written numerous
works for chorus, solo voice, various chamber ensembles, band, and
orchestra. Among his compositions are Celebration which has
been recorded by the Detroit Symphony; Out Of The Depths which
won the 1977 Belwin-Mills Max Winkler Award presented by the Band
Directors National Association; AMERICAN GUERNICA which
received first prize in the Virginia College Band Directors’ 1983
national contest; and the major choral works I Will Lift Up Mine
Eyes, the tryptich SONGS OF ISAIAH and Done Made My Vow which are regularly performed by
choruses and orchestras around the country.
During the 1980s the Boys Choir of
Harlem and the piano duo Delphin and Romaine added music by Hailstork
to their repertoire.
Hailstork’s music is frequenty
performed by major orchestras including the Philadelphia Orchestra,
New York Philharmonic, and many other leading ensembles. In 1990 a consortium of five orchestras commissioned a piano concerto to be
premiered by Leon Bates. Less than a year later, Dr. Hailstork
received an award from the Barlow Endowment for Music commissioning a
work for the Baltimore Symphony; in 1991 Celebration was
performed by the Chicago Symphony led by Maestro Daniel Barenboim.
Dr. Hailstork is Professor of
Music and Eminent Scholar at Old Dominion University in Norfolk,
Virginia. His choral, instrumental, and orchestra music is in the
catalogs of many publishers, with most works available through Theodore