Augustus O. Hill
Augustus O. Hill, composer, conductor, is a graduate of Wilberforce University (B.S., mathematics), Miami University (M.S., personnel counseling), and Wayne State University (B.M., composition and M.M., composition and choral conducting), and the University of Michigan (Ph.D. in composition and music theory). He has studied composition with James Hartway, Harvey Sollberger, William Albright, Leslie Bassett, Michael Daugherty, and William Bolcom; theory with Andrew Mead and James Dapogny; conducting with Jan Harrington, Harry Langsford, Brazeal Dennard, and Dennis Tini; and organ with Marilyn Mason.
Song of Reflection & Psalms of Praise - Vanguard Premieres Commission 2004
The notes for these two companion pieces, which may be performed either separately or together, lie within the titles. Song of Reflection begins with a verse from Psalm 39 and contemplates the reality that, regardless of its duration, one’s life, indeed, is short, when compared to eternity. Psalms of Praise is simply a joyful celebration, having a text which includes several familiar verses coming from chapters 18, 23, 27, 144, and 150 of the Book of Psalms. (Notes by the composer, 2004)