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Cory Hibbs


Cory Hibbs

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DMA, Peabody Conservatory
MM, Peabody Conservatory
MM, Boston University
BM, San Diego State University

Cory Hibbs earned his B.M from SDSU in Music Composition and Vocal Performance in 2001. After graduating from SDSU he attended the British American Drama Academy studying acting and participating in master classes with actors Ben Kingsley and Alan Rickman, and director Deborah Warner. He earned a Master of Music degree in Composition at Boston University (2005), and from the Peabody Conservatory, a second M.M. in Music Theory Pedagogy (2007), and a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Composition (2009).  He has studied composition with Christopher Theofanidis, Lukas Foss, David Ward-Steinman, and Samuel Headrick.  Dr. Hibbs’ Music Theory Pedagogy thesis is entitled, “Curriculum Integration, Immersion, and the Three-Year Undergraduate Musicianship Program.


As a composer, he has received numerous awards including, the 2007 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer’s Award, the 2007 Macht Competition, and the 2005 BU Composition Competition, an Honorable Mention from the American Composers Orchestra’s Underwood New Music reading sessions for his orchestral piece “Last Year, In New England.” Also, in 2005 Cory won the Malloy Miller Prize in Composition for his piano piece, “Commonwealth Sonata.”  Dr. Hibbs’ catalog consists of numerous song cycles and chamber works, three large-scale choral works, two operas, and five orchestral works.


Hibbs has worked as a musical director, pianist and teacher; teaching composition, theory, acting, musical theatre, and voice at various colleges and schools.  Cory has served as composer-in-residence for the San Diego Opera’s “Words and Music Project” and as a teaching artist for the La Jolla Playhouse where he taught Acting, Musical Theatre, and Voice for the Actor at the LJPH Summer Conservatory Program.