Dorothy Hindman’s music, a blend of punk/grunge with a spectralist sensibility, has been described as “bright with energy and a lilting lyricism” (New York Classical Review), “dramatic, highly strung” (Fanfare), “varied, utterly rich and sung with purpose and heart” (Huffington Post), “powerful and skillfully conceived” (The Miami Herald), and “music of terrific romantic gesture” (The Buffalo News). Of her recent CD Tightly Wound, ICON magazine says, “Hindman’s music weds technique and syntax of classical music with the directness and impudence of rock. Highly recommended for rockers wishing to get their proverbial feet wet in post-20th century classical music.”
Her over 400 performances span 30 states and 16 countries, in major venues including Carnegie Hall, the United Nations, Boston’s Jordan Hall, the American Academy in Rome, Amsterdam’s Muziekgebouw, Berlin’s BKA-Theater, and Miami’s Adrienne Arsht Center. Numerous festival appearances include the Havana Contemporary Music Festival, Australian Flute Festival, 2015 Birmingham New Music Festival, Nuovi Spazi Musicali Festival, Imagine, and New Music Greensboro.
Hindman’s music has been commissioned and performed by the world’s top new music performers including Bent Frequency Chamber Ensemble (Atlanta),Pulse Ensemble (Miami), Empire City Men’s Chorus (NYC), Bang-on-a-Can’s bassist Robert Black, cellist Craig Hultgren, guitarist Paul Bowman, percussionist Stuart Gerber, the Caraval Quartet (NYC), the Goliard Ensemble (NYC), the Atlas Saxophone Quartet (Chicago), the Corona Guitar Kvartet (Denmark), and orchestras including the Alabama Symphony, the Brevard Symphony Orchestra, the Florida Orchestra, and the North Florida Symphony Orchestra. Her collaboration with artist Sally Johnson has been exhibited in major museums throughout the Southeast.
Hindman’s awards and recognition includes Iron Composer 2015, a 2015 Artist Access Grant from the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, NoteNova Choral Competition, Caprice Saxophone Quartet, Almquist Choral Composition Award, Nancy Van de Vate International Composition Prize for Opera, International Society of Bassists Solo Composition Competition, ASCA/National Symphony Orchestra/Kennedy Center Commission Competition, G. Schirmer 1997 Young Americans Choral Competition, an Alabama State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship, and the NACUSA Young Composers Competition.
Guest teaching appearances include the 2018 Charlotte New Music Festival, the 2016 Summer Composition Intensive at St. Mary’s College, the 2016 and 2017 Miami International Piano Festival Academy, and the 2015 AmiCa Credenze POP Festival in Sicily. Her residencies include 2017 and 2009 Seaside Escape to Create Fellowships, Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome, the Visby International Centre for Composers, and Composer-in-Residence for the Goliard Ensemble.
Her music appears on twelve CDs, including her critically acclaimed Tightly Wound(innova 965) and Tapping the Furnace(innova 878). “Hindman offers extraordinary glimpses into interesting topics, concepts of modernity and structured complexity. … for many listeners the composer’s first CD Tapping The Furnacerepresents a remarkable discovery,” says Kulturni Magazin UNI. Her work is the title track on Corona Guitar Kvartet’s Taut(2015) on Albany Records. Other labels include Capstone and Living Artists. Scores are available from Subito Music, NoteNova, and dorn/Needham.
Hindman is Associate Professor of Composition at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami. She received her Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Miami, and a Master of Arts from Duke University. She has been new music critic for the Miami Herald and South Florida Classical Review, and hosted WVUM’s Po Mo Show, devoted to a post-modern mix of classical music written since 1980.