Katherine Hoover

December 2, 1937September 21, 2018

KATHERINE HOOVER, composer, flutist, and poet, is the recipient of a National Endowment Composers Fellowship and many other awards and commissions, including the prestigious Academy of Arts and Letters 1994 Academy Composition Award, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Flute Association. Her works for orchestra, chamber groups, and soloists have been widely recorded and published by Theodore Presser and Papagena Press. Her KOKOPELI for flute has sold over 13,000 copies and been performed world-wide. Her flute concerto, FOUR WINDS, was premiered with Mark Sparks at the NFA in Washington, DC in 2014 to a standing ovation. FOUR WINDS has since been presented with Bonita Boyd at the Masterwork Festival and with Amy Porter by the Michigan Philharmonic. Ms. Hoover’s REQUIEM FOR THE INNOCENT was recently recorded and presented by the New York Virtuoso Singers, with brass, organ and percussion at New York’s famed Trinity Church.

There have been over 60 performances of her orchestral pieces by groups including the Long Beach (CA), Harrisburg, Fort Worth, and Santa Fe Symphonies. Chamber groups including the Colorado Quartet, the Eroica Trio, the New Jersey Chamber Music Society, the Dorian and Sylvan Quintets, and the Amherst Saxophone Quartet; cellist Sharon Robinson, pianists Christopher Taylor, Anne-Marie McDermott, Joseph Kalichstein, and Mirian Conti; flutists Julius Baker, Carol Wincenc, Eugenia Zukerman, and jazz clarinet virtuoso Eddie Daniels have all featured her work. In January 1994, Ms. Hoover conducted the premiere of her NIGHT SKIES for large orchestra with the Harrisburg Symphony. In the January 1997 issue of Classical Pulse, Critic Leslie Gerber picked Hoover's QUINTET DA PACEM (Koch) as one of the five best recordings of 1996. In March 2011, the Michigan Philharmonic premiered her TURNER IMPRESSIONS to a full house and standing ovation. In March of 2013, the New York Flute Club sponsored a celebration concert of her work.

Ms. Hoover attended the Eastman School of Music, where she earned a Degree in Music Theory as well as her Performer’s Certificate in Flute. She holds a Masters in Music Theory from the Manhattan School. Her main flute study was with Joseph Mariano and William Kincaid; she has given concerto performances at Lincoln Center and performed with ballet and opera companies in New York's major halls. She has played numerous recitals, both live and on radio and television, and recorded solo and chamber repertoire for Arabesque, Leonarda, CRI, Grenadilla, and Opus One. She has taught Flute in the Juilliard Preparatory Department, and Music theory at the Manhattan School of Music.

Ms. Hoover’s book of poems, “This Way About” was published in 2015 by I Universe as an Editor’s Choice book.

She is survived by her husband of 33 years, Richard Goodwin, her son Norman Schwab, her daughter-in-law Maria Schwab, and grandchildren Linda, John and Luisa. If you wish to honor Katherine’s memory, please consider a donation to your favorite musical organization, and keep making music!


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Calvin Tillery

November 27, 2018

Please accept my condolences. Maude and Calvin. Norman, Susan or Ben please call

Lianna Lopez

October 29, 2018

I met Katherine and Richard when I was waitressing at Gabriela’s Neighborhood Table. I had the opportunity to talk to her and her husband not only about myself and my goals; but Katherine’s life as well. Although I didn’t know her well, just like music she was able to touch my soul with her kind words. She didn’t treat me like I was just another waitress taking an order. Rather a person and wanted to know a little of who I was. Just like her music touched many she was able to bring a little light into my life during a cloudy time. Thank you, may your memory and legacy live forever.

Mary-Ann Tu

October 27, 2018

Katherine Hoover and I were good friends. When there was trauma in my life, Katherine would instinctively contact me and we'd meet for lunch, dinner or coffee. I loved going to the MET museum with Katherine because she would point out her favorite paintings and artists. We would walk around and just talk. I cherish these memories.

Patricia Spencer

October 4, 2018

What a loss -- a wonderful composer, a mainstay of the flute community, a generous friend, always ready to meet with my flute students when they were playing some of her extraordinary flute pieces! Her music will live on. I will always feel grateful to have known her, and for everything she gave us.
My deepest condolences to her husband and family.

Mary Nell Hawk

October 1, 2018

Dear Richard,

Phil and I are so saddened that you have lost your beautiful friend and love of your life. Linda Lopez passed the news to us, and we have notified rowers of East River Community Recreation and Education on the Water. Everyone looks forward to seeing you again when the right amount of time has passed. Our sincere sympathies to you now, and prayers for strength and peace.

Mary Nell Hawk
& Philip Yee

Lillian Santiago-Caballero

September 29, 2018

Katherine Hoover was a pioneer for us women in music. She was very kind to have granted me an interview when I was a graduate student. I'm so grateful to have known her and for the opportunity to have written the performance guide to Katherine Hoover's "Kokopelli" published by flute talk magazine. I will always remember our conversations, her kindness and her musical gifts.

Marnie Hall

September 29, 2018

Richard and Norman, So sorry for your loss.
In celebrating Katherine’s life, I’m writing about the impact she has had on me personally and on the record label I founded, Leonarda Productions.
Katherine was instrumental in helping Leonarda get off the ground. I met her following the first LP release, and through a connection and master tapes from the music festival she ran, Leonarda soon had three more releases. The fifth recording was a recording I made in Pennsylvania with a flutist she knew from Eastman. Around that time I was able to pick up a distributor for stores. Thank you, Katherine! Over the years, we collaborated on a number of other recordings.
A wide reader, Katherine introduced me to Jane Roberts’ Seth books, which have formed my core beliefs ever since.. Few people know Katherine was psychically gifted; helped me through some difficult times. I owe Katherine much, and believe she is having a great time exploring new realities.

Gloria Coates

September 27, 2018

We stood and worked together from the beginning of
the Women's Movement in Music.
Katherine was always kind, generous, and giving of her talent and
musical knowledge for the greater good of all.
I will always remember her for her
wonderful music, her honesty and wholesome simplicity.

Vicki Goldsmith

September 26, 2018

My sympathy to the family and beloved friends. I had the good fortune to be her student at age 15 .... her little date notations (all in 1968) and check marks and so forth are in one of my extremely tattered excercise books, still in near daily use, as well as phrase marks here and there in a few other pieces still in my library. So I have thought of her with a fair amount of reverence and gratitude these many years .....

Suzanne Ford

September 26, 2018

Please accept my condolences. I first met Katherine back in the early 80s when I worked at Concert Artists Guild, and she was one of our competition judges. We remained colleagues and friends over the years during which time we shared many thoughts about the music business and music in general. She was certainly a role model for women composers and instrumentalists plus she was just a lovely lovely human being. She will be missed but her musical legacy will inspire others for years to come.