HUGHES, BRIAN (b. 1958)

Brian Hughes, conductor and composer, completed course work as a Doctor of Musical Arts candidate in Orchestral Conducting at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he served as Graduate Conducting Associate from 2005-2206. Among his activities at Madison include serving as Graduate Assistant Conductor of the University Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, as well as a principal conductor of the Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. He also has served as a teaching assistant in the University Band program. During the 2005-06 academic year he led UW-Madison ensembles in three world premieres, including Jeffrey Kryka's American Pastorale, written for Hughes and the UW-Madison University Band. In recognition of his efforts, Hughes was the winner of both the 2005 and 2006 Richard and Agatha Church Conducting Prize, presented annually by the UW-Madison School of Music. His primary conducting teachers were Professors David Becker and James Smith.
Hughes holds degrees from Olivet College and the University of Northern Iowa and is an Associate Professor of Music at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. In recognition of his community arts achievements he won the 2005 Elisha Darlin Award, presented by the Dubuque County Fine Arts Society. He was acknowledged for his work with the Tri-State Wind Symphony and his eight-year association with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra, during which he led the Dubuque Youth Symphony and served six years as Assistant Conductor of the DSO. During that time he also served as Chair of Loras College's Arts and Lecture Series, bringing a wide array of talent such as the St. Petersburg Ballet, jazz musicians Billy Taylor and Chucho Valdes, the Ahn Trio and the Martha Graham Dance Ensemble (among many others) to the Loras campus.
In 1999 and 2000, Hughes won multiple conducting prizes from the Czech Republic orchestras of Hradec Králové and Mariánské Lázně, presenting well-received concerts there in 2001, as well as a successful program during the "Beethoven Days" festival in Karlovy Vary (Karlsbad). In 2003 Hughes traveled to Romania as guest conductor of the Bucharest Philharmonic and in 2004 he visited Walbrzych, Poland, conducting the Filharmonia Sudecka in a program of American music and opera arias. In 2005 he appeared as Resident Conductor of the Maud Powell Music Institute and Music Festival, where he led the company in the world premiere of Aesop's Fables, a set of short operettas written solely for the Festival performance.
Hughes remains an active guest conductor throughout Iowa and the Midwest, having appeared with the Cedar Rapids Municipal Band, the Rockford (Illinois) All-City Orchestra, and numerous festival and clinic engagements. During 2006-07, his appearances as guest conductor are with the UW-Madison Wind Ensemble, the U.S.A.F. Heartland of America Band, the Quad-City Wind Ensemble, the Southeast Iowa Bandmasters Festival Band, and the Pskov (Russia) Symphony Orchestra. He resides in Dubuque, Iowa.