Ever since seeing “Into the Woods” at the age of ten, Milwaukee-born-and-raised Karl Joseph Hinze has been hooked on musical theatre. After appearing on stage as a piano-playing little boy, a Lord High Executioner, a narrator, a bishop, a sailor, a dog, a picture frame, a painter, and a lusty Frenchman, Karl decided his true destiny lay not on-stage, but just in front of it. He now spends his time collaborating with theatre and music artists and traversing the choppy waters of higher education.

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Theatre Bio

Karl Hinze is a musical theatre composer in NYC. He is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Advanced Workshop, where he is working with lyricist Patrick Spencer and librettist Susan Murray on a new musical. He has penned songs for productions of Brecht’s A Man’s A Man, Euripides’ Alcestis, and Lorca’s Yerma, and his original musical 210 Amlent Avenue with playwright Becky Goldberg was an Official Selection of the Next Link Project at the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival. Other collaborations include Are They Edible?, an experimental puppet show by Jeanette Yew, and Shackled Spirits, a multi-media dance drama by Lynn Kremer presented at the 2013 Bali Arts Festival. Karl is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Music Composition at Stony Brook University. www.karlhinze.com

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Music Bio

Karl Hinze is a composer of stage and concert music in NYC. His recent vocal and instrumental works explore the intersection of pop and classical idioms. Karl is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Music Composition at Stony Brook University. www.karlhinze.com

Full Biography

Karl Hinze (b. 1988) is a composer, writer, and storyteller. A native of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he now resides in New York where his artistic activities broadly span the music and theatre worlds.

As a classical composer, Hinze has completed commissions including Plague Victims Catapulted Over Walls Into Beseiged City for flute, soprano, and piano (premiered by Daniel James, Raquel Gonzalez, and Ariel Jacobs at the Juilliard School), Interlude for basset horn and piano Photo by Michael Kushner Photograph(premiered by Lisa Premiesberger and Anna Starzec), Once and Again for two oboes, English horn, and bassoon (premiered by Kendra Hawley, Glenda Bates, Rachel Seiden, and Rachel Koeth), and Theme and Variations for bassoonist Rachel Koeth. His choral works have been premiered by the Stony Brook Camerata Singers and the Harvard University Choral Fellows.

Hinze’s primary composition teachers have been Osvaldo Golijov, Daniel Weymouth, Peter Winkler, Perry Goldstein, and Christopher Arrell. He has also studied with Shirish Korde, Michel Merlet, and Narcis Bonet. Additionally, he has studied musicianship, harmony and counterpoint in the tradition of Nadia Boulanger as a participant in EAMA at La Schola Cantorum in Paris, France, under the direction of Philip Lasser and Benjamin Boyle.

He is a member of the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Advanced Workshop, where he is working with lyricist Patrick Spencer and librettist Susan Murray on a new musical. He has penned songs for productions of Brecht’s A Man’s A Man, Euripides’ Alcestis, and Lorca’s Yerma, and his original musical 210 Amlent Avenue with playwright Becky Goldberg was an Official Selection of the Next Link Project at the 2015 New York Musical Theatre Festival. Other original works include Perfect Union and In Recovery in collaboration with Eileen Casterline. Other collaborations include Are They Edible?, an experimental puppet show by Jeanette Yew, and Shackled Spirits, a multi-media dance drama by Lynn Kremer presented at the 2013 Bali Arts Festival. He is also a composer of incidental music for the stage, and has written music for productions of Spring Awakening and Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom.

He has also studied stage direction under Edward Isser and has directed a mainstage production of Urinetown as well as black-box mountings of Sure Thing, Yerma, Antigone, The Ugly Duckling, and Queens to Morningside.

As a performer at the College of the Holy Cross, he acted in the regional premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon’s musical My Life With Albertine, as well as world premieres of Coraline, an adaptation of the Neil Gaiman book by Lynn Kremer, and The Bandit Queen, a multi-media opera about the life of Phoolan Devi by Shirish Korde and Lynn Kremer. He also served for two years as the Treasurer of Alternate College Theatre and was employed on the construction crew for all sixteen theatrical productions from 2006–2010.

While a student at the College of the Holy Cross he was honored with the Beethoven Award (“awarded to a fourth-year student for the best historical or analytical essay on music or an original composition.”) for his string quartet Reflections on Euler and the Rev. John F. Redican Medal (“given for general excellence to a third-year student who has made a unique contribution to the College’s intellectual life.”).

Hinze holds a Bachelor’s in Mathematics and Music from the College of the Holy Cross and a Master’s in Music Composition from Stony Brook University, where he is currently a PhD candidate. In addition to his musical activities, he is an experienced web designer and developer, currently working for White Whale Web Services.