EDWARD J HINES BIOGRAPHY Composer-Performer-Educator-Publisher Fulbright Scholar • Presser Scholar • ASCAP Award Winner
Edward J. Hines is an American composer, performer, educator and publisher. A specialist in Middle Eastern music traditions, his classical compositions have been performed in the United States and abroad. He is a co-founder of the folk music group ANATOLIA, which performed from 1994-2005 and released three albums. He is the creator of the American Oud®, on which he performs traditional Middle Eastern as well as original works.
Hines was born in 1951 in North Bellmore, New York. He received his first music lessons on the clarinet at the age of eight, conducted for the first time at the age of ten and taught himself guitar at the age of twelve. During the folk music revival of the 1960's, Hines was an active performer and made his radio debut as a fifteen year-old on a local folk music show at Hofstra University on Long Island. During his high school years Hines excelled at music and theater and was votedMost Talented by the members of his high school senior class at W.C. Mepham High School, Bellmore, New York.
Hines attended the Hartt School of Music, Hartford, Connecticut, where he studied music composition with Edward Diemente. Hines later graduated from Bennington College in Vermont where he earned both the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Fine Arts Degrees. His composition teachers included Vivian Fine, Marta Ptaszynska, Jeffrey Levine and Louis Calabro. Hines also studied bassoon with Maurice Pachman, Charles McCracken and voice with Frank Baker.
Hines was the Director of the Bennington July Program of Bennington College, Vermont, from 1981-1984.
Edward J Hines has contributed articles to professional journals including:Yeni Makam 1: New Sounds for Solo Bassoon using Ancient Turkish Modes, in theJournal of the International Double Reed Society, summer, 1992. He also contributed an articleYeni Makam 3 for Solo Cello to the ICS, Internet Cello Society.
Edward J Hines' long career in research, composition, performance and theory of Middle Eastern music has brought him numerous invitations from colleges, universities, libraries and educators interested in learning more about Middle Eastern folk and classical music traditions. His international experience includes a 2000 tour of Singapore where ANATOLIA performed in the World Music Concert and then toured schools leading workshops in Middle Eastern music and dance. His Teaching Middle Eastern Music and Dance clinic has been a feature at state teacher conventions including those in New York (NYSSMA), Texas, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, the 2007 MENC Eastern Division Biennial In-Service Conference, Hartford, Connecticut, and the 2007 Massachusetts Teacher's Association Summer Conference. In 2009, Edward J. Hines was a visiting professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he led a summer workshop in world music.
From 1988-2015 Hines taught PK-6 classroom music in Franklin County, Massachusetts. He then worked part-time as a university student teacher supervisor for the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Department of Music and Dance. He is a member of ASCAP (2002, 2003 award winner), is listed in Marquis Who's Who In the East and Who's Who in Entertainment.