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Karlton Hester

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Karlton E. Hester, Ph.D. (composer, flutist, and saxophonist), began his career as a composer and recording artist in Los Angeles where he worked as a studio musician and music educator. He specializes in premeditated, spontaneous, and electro-acoustic composition. His compositions range from solo cycles for various woodwinds to chamber configurations, music videos, interdisciplinary collaborations (music, dance, video, etc.) and electro-acoustic symphonic works. Dr. Hester has received composer fellowships, grants, and commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the New England Council of the Arts, Arts International, ASCAP, the William Grant Still Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation. He served as the Herbert Gussman Director of Jazz Studies at Cornell University from 1991–2001. He is currently Professor of Music and Director of “Jazz” Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Dr. Hester was founding director of the Fillmore Jazz Preservation Big Band, and is leader of his interdisciplinary arts ensemble, Hesterian Musicism.

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