Mark Hagerty is an award-winning, highly individualistic American composer who pursued classical training as an instrumentalist, singer, and composer, and then determined his own path, outside of any tradition or institution.  He has been developing two compositional practices in parallel—one that extends historic, particularly pre-classical forms, and a second that sets all traditions aside in favor of forays into more extreme forms and modes of expression.  In all cases, he strives for a deep connection with performers and listeners, and his music has found enthusiastic audiences internationally and across the United States.  He is currently working in larger forms and exploring the melding of sound sculpture with more intimate musical expression. Inspirations include science and nature, the poetry of Wallace Stevens, backpacking in Vermont’s Green Mountains, the art music of India, and his two favorite cities, Amsterdam and Rio de Janeiro.

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UPDATE - august 2019

Deadlines have kept me from keeping this site current. For now, a couple highlights from the last year plus a couple projects in planning.

  • WOODLAND. Heading to Israel, where my new concerto for viola percussion and chamber orchestra, Woodland, will be played at the Tefen Festival with Sheila Browne, viola, Chen Zimbalista percussion, and Nir Marom, conductor.

  • TWIN POETS PROJECT. This past spring, the baroque/contemporary ensemble Mélomanie released videos of their collaboration with the brilliant Twin Poets, Al Mills and Nnamdi Chukwuocha, street poets and Delaware’s Poets Laureate (see graphic above). I provided new music for 5 of the poems. For the concert on Youtube, United Sounds of America, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqXA5SkblcE

  • MERIDIAN FLUX. In February 2019, my trio for 6-wire (Xiang Gao, violin, Cathy Yang, erhu, and Matthew Brower, piano), Meridian Flux, was performed in Zankel (Carnegie) Hall in New York. Recording is in the works.

  • BEYOND THESE HORIZONS. In June 2018 the University of Delaware Orchestra under James Anderson took my 5-movement concerto Beyond These Horizons on a 6-city tour of China with soloists Xiang Gao, violin, Cathy Yang, erhu, and Chen Zimbalista, percussion.

  • WIND TUNNELS. Last week the faculty woodwind quintet at West Chester University of Pennsylvania recorded my quintet Wind Tunnels. They had premiered the work a few years ago in Steinway Hall, NYC.


    • Two joint concerts in Rio de Janeiro with composer Liduino Pitombeira to include music for cello, piano, harpsichord, and flute (Tracy Richardson will play harpsichord). My works will include Cello Suite No. 1 (version with piano), Catalysis (piano 4-hands), Penumbra (alto flute and cello), Contexts (alto flute and harpsichord), and Lament (solo harpsichord). Date TBA.

    • Mélomanie’s next CD, Ultraviolet, will feature my work for this baroque/modern ensemble and percussionist Chris Hanning of the same title.