Composer Lance Hulme has a multi-faceted career as keyboardist, conductor, arranger, educator and critic. His music has been performed throughout the U.S., Europe, Asia and South America and has garnered both critical and audience acclaim.
Dr. Hulme heads the music theory and aural skills programs at NCCU. He is deeply committed to the use of technology in the classroom and study. He has created Basic Training in Music Skills, a computer application for musicianship skills used at NCCU in the Music Department. It is his passion to ensure NCCU music students graduate with the musical knowledge and skills necessary to success in the competitive world of professional music.
Hulme's compositions has won many awards including Grand Prize, International Witold Lutoslawski Composition Competition, 1st Prize, ASCAP/Rudolf Nissim Prize, Grand Prize, International Trumpet Guild Composition Competition and awards from the Composicion Musical Cuitat de Tarragona, Citta di Trieste Orchestra Competition and the Ladislav Kubik Composition Competition. Notable performances and commissions include Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra, Southern German Radio, the State Theater of Baden, the State Orchestra of Magdeburg, the Durham Symphony, West German Radio, the Karlsruhe University Chorus, the Raschèr Saxophone Orchestra, Quattro Mani, the Henschell Quartet and others. Compact disk releases of his music include releases with Albany Records, Bridge Records, LiveNotes and Ablaze Records.
Lance Hulme holds degrees from the Yale University School of Music (DMA, MMA), the Eastman School of Music (MM), and the University of Minnesota (BM). He also studied at the Universitaet fuer Musik in Vienna, Austria.
From the beginning, Lance Hulme has pursued an eclectic musical career encompassing many different aspects of music-making. His career as conductor began with the premiere of a piece written for his high school orchestra in suburban St. Paul, Minnesota. Throughout his undergraduate study of classical composition, Lance Hulme played keyboards in various jazz bands and other ensembles, wrote and directed musicals and stage music and transcribed and arranged music for other performers. An interim period followed where he was keyboardist for the jazz-fusion band Dreamscape and was associated with the then Minnesota Composers Forum. Following graduate study, he went to Vienna, Austria on a Fulbright Grant. He remained in Europe for seventeen years basing out of Germany. During that time, he co-founded and directed Ensemble Surprise, an eclectic chamber ensemble which featured "700 years of new music", and worked as a freelance musician, arranger and transcriber for a wide variety of institutions, ensembles and individuals. An offer to teach brought him back to the U.S. in 2003.
Critics have described Hulme as a "chameleon composer" (Gilles Quental) whose musical oeuvre encompasses a "wide range" (Knowing the Score) of musical genres and styles. His musical language "cannot be pigeon-holed into one compositional school" (Die Badische Neueste Nachrichten) but rather draws upon the diverse elements of his musical experience to "weave a rich expressive texture." (Die Rheinpfalz Zeitung) His music "reflects the ambience and musical approach of the North American musical tradition. Compositional eclecticism, a conscience, playful and uninhibited attitude with tradition and the crossover between 'serious' and vernacular music. All these elements are to be found as well as the most advanced structural and aural techniques." (Die Rheinpfalz Zeitung)
Hulme's interests also include music technology, both as composer and educator. His compositions using computers have been presented in many venues including interactive collaborations with choreographers and visual artists. His educational software uses technology to achieve remarkable results in aural skills and music fundamentals. He is also a sound engineer and has produced recordings including some for his compact disk releases.
D.M.A. Yale University
M.M.A. Yale University
M.M. Eastman School of Music
B.M. University of Minnesota
Universitaet fuer Musik (Vienna, Austria) Fulbright Scholar