Composer Jason Hoogerhyde aspires to create music that resonates with the more elusive elements of human experience: the dark corners of memory, life’s defining ephemeral moments, and the rare glimpses we get of our own integral connection with the world around us.  In finding a musical voice for these varied facets of life, Hoogerhyde distills them to their potent essence, from the brash and out-spoken to the contemplative and quiet, cultivating works stemming from the firm belief that music plays a vital and meaningful role in human existence and expression.


Hoogerhyde’s works for orchestra, opera, chamber ensembles, and voice have been presented throughout the United States, Europe and Asia by such performers as Decadanse (France), COMA (UK), the N[ex]t Saxophone Quartet (Latvia), Ramon Acoymo (Philippines), Howard Niblock (China), Nobuko Asano (Japan) and the Austin Civic Orchestra (TX), and at many festivals and concert series, including The Kennedy Center Millenium Series (DC), Weill Recital Series (NYC), MusicX (OH), the Grandin Festival (OH), Blue Lake Summer Arts Festival (MI), University of Nebraska-Kearney’s New Music Festival V, College Music Society, and Society of Composers, Inc.  He has been composer-in-residence at the Ucross Foundation (WY), the Dorland Mountain Colony (CA), and the Cincinnati Public Schools (on a Meet-the-Composer grant).

Born in 1969 (Charlotte, NC) and raised in Chicago, IL, Jason Hoogerhyde pursued music at Lawrence University (B Mus, 1991), Boston University (M Mus, 1993), and the University of Cincinnati (DMA, 1999).  He studied composition with Allen Gimbel, Joyce MeKeel, Lukas Foss, Allen Sapp, Darrell Handel, and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon.  While a graduate student and instructor at the University of Cincinnati, Hoogerhyde received the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Division of Research and Advanced Studies and served two years classical music critic for the Cincinnati Enquirer.  Between 1999 and 2004, he taught at Lawrence University.  Hoogerhyde is currently Associate Professor of Music Theory and Composition at Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX, where he served as Chair of the Music Department from 2010-15.