HINES, SCOTT L. (b. 1958)

Scott L. Hines (born May 30, 1958, Anna, Illinois) grew up in influenced by his piano- playing mother as a youngster. He soon began to make things up at the piano and by the age of 13, tried arranging music, an intrigue that led him to arrange several numbers for his high school band later on. He was a horn player and kept this instrument up until 2005 at which time he had to choose between keeping up the instrument or really developing his greatest love, being a serious composer.
Since Scott was fifteen until he became 30 years of age, from 1975-1990, it was radio broadcasting in small town Southern USA that he was committed to—first of all in Cairo, Illinois, then on to Elkhart, Indiana, and Paduccah, Kentucky, performing many duties from disc jockey to managing director to news editor. He worked his way through school with these jobs. It was not until 1983 when he began to attend college at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale that Scott got his first official college credit for composition, a love that pursued him through the years. From IU-C he received both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in composition. Between school attendance, Scott enjoyed playing in horn in community bands.
His composition, "Shoah: A Kaddish for the Victims of the Holocaust" was commissioned by the Chicago Chamber Orchestra in 2001, which presented the world premiere in October of that year in Chicago. In April 2003, the Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra with special guest narrator, Edward Asner, performed the work as part of the orchestra’s 100th anniversary celebration.
Some of his other works are "Orpheus Dreams, a Ballet" for unaccompanied cello, two electronic compositions, "What Do You Want?" and "Going Home"; a piece for youth orchestra, "Faire du Velo" and "Trois Nuances" commissioned and performed by Ballet Memphis; a work for concert band, "The Gates of Mordor" and chamber works, "Fog" for Chamber Orchestra and Soprano and "Untitled 1" for Piccolo and Percussion.
Hines received his Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Memphis in 2008. He was a student of John Baur, Kamran Ince, and James Richens. His dissertation, Completing the Circles, a concerto for clarinet and orchestra, was commissioned by Boston clarinetist, Michael Norsworthy. A commissioned work for flute, piano and electronics received its first performance in August, 2010 in Beijing at the International Society of Music Conference.Since 2008, Scott Hines serves as an Adjunct Music Faculty member teaching Theory and Orchestration at the University of Memphis and is the Full time Facilities and Performance Manager for the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. He is truly a man of greatversatility and skill, one in whom organiza- tion and inspiration abide to createbeauty and harmony through music. —as
Scott L. Hines
Composers's own words: "My mother tells me I was a musician since the very beginning. Playing pots and pans in the kitchen, playing around on the piano making up melodies  or at least tunes that a child could improvise. She played the piano when I was a child and I loved how the vibrations made my body vibrate as well. I literally had a physical connection to music.
Early influences were more pop than 'classical' Grew up with the Beatles, Herb Alpert and The Tijuana Brass, even Lawrence Welk. Thanks to grade school music teacher I was introduced to Beethoven, Copland. Began going to hometown library and investigating other composers including Bach, Brahms and Tchaikovsky. From Sophmore through Senior year in high school, I was the student assistant to the band director, who was also the junior high principal. He literally turned the junior high band over to me and I rehearsed them everyday, preparing them for concerts. It was invaluable experience. Also, helped with the high school band as well. During junior and senior years, I did three arrangements for the high school band  'Diamonds are Forever,' music from The Sting and Barry White's 'You're The First, The Last, My Everything.' Looking back, the thought of them makes me cringe, but again it was experience on which you can't put a price.
I had planned to go to school to become a band director, but life sometimes gets in the way. From 1976 to 2000 I worked on my bachelor's degree, double majoring in music education and theory/composition. I received my bachelor of music in 2000 at SIU Carbondale and my master's degree in 2002. I hope to complete my doctorate in August 2006.
A commission from the Chicago Chamber Orchestra turned into my master thesis. Shoah has received two performances. Along with the premeire, it was performed in Carbondale as part of the 100th anniversary celebration of the Southern Illinois Orchestra. TV and film actor, Ed Asner, participated as narrator in 2003
Thanks to a recommendation from a faculty member at the University of Memphis, the local troupe Ballet Memphis commissioned me for a three movement work to open their 2004 season. The debut performances were given on Historic Beal Street in W.C. Handy Park. It was a great honor to be a very small part of that street's rich history. It was later taken on tour by the the ballet company. The original performances were given on piano. It has since has been orchestrated, but has not been performed in that new form.
My dissertation was commissioned by Michael Norsworthy, a recent graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied with clarinetist Richard Stoltzman. The concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra is tentatively titled 'The Circles are Completed.' The piece deals with some of my early life experiences and is dedicated to the memory of my great-grandfather, Charles Amos Kingery, for whom I wrote my first student work. One of the circles being completed.
My major influences are Bartok, Schnittke, Stravinsky and Webern.
Other recent works include 'Roland: The Journey Continues' (for wind ensemble and tape) performed in November 2005 at the Imagine2 Electro-acoustic Festival. The debut performance was given by the University of Memphis Wind Ensemble.
In 2005, I became a grandfather. My granddaughter, Lassira Leann Hines, was born to my son, David and his wife, Elizabeth."