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Ralph R. Hays (b. 1962)

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Ralph Raymond Hays was born and raised in Wooster, Ohio. He studied at the University of Miami (Florida), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Industry from the School of Music and a Juris Doctorate from the School of Law. He had planned a career in copyright licensing and intellectual property law; however, a number of events -- including the loss of a close friend -- brought him to the realization that life is simply too precious and fleeting to spend in a career to which one's heart and soul are not completely devoted. He then entered Kent State University where he obtained a Master of Arts in Music Composition and completed his certification in Music Education. As a graduate assistant, Ralph taught freshman music theory, and under the inauspicious title, "temporary part-time assistant professor," he taught Music Fundamentals and Saxophone Methods Class. Following graduation from Kent, Ralph taught band and general music in public and private schools throughout northeastern Ohio, and taught woodwinds privately.

A number of Ralph's choral works are published by Yelton Rhodes Music/Barton Press, including his setting of French carols, Les Gais Bergers, which was favorably reviewed in the February 2003 issue of The Choral Journal. His first suite for symphonc winds, Jovian Moons has earned a number of awards, including selection for performance in an international call for scores by the California State University Bakersfield Concert Band during its 2003-04 season. In conjunction with this award, Ralph received a Meet the Composer Foundation grant which enabled him to attend the performance and serve briefly as Composer in Residence. His Sinfonia Concertante, a four movement symphonic suite was recently premiered by the Vermont Wind Ensemble, and his three movement Suite for Woodwind Quintet was named a semi-finalist in an international competition held in London. Ralph was commissioned to arrange background vocals for Michael Feinstein's 2005 summer tour, and has recently been awarded a commission to compose a symphonic work to commemmorate the 40th anniversary of Schenectady County Community College. Ralph's Variations on a Children's Song -- written to commemmorate the adoption of his children -- was premiered in December by the Ballston Spa Middle School Band, Ballston Spa, New York.

Ralph teaches preschool part-time, leaving afternoons free for composing, and is a member of ASCAP, The Society of Composers, Inc., and The United Church of Christ. He and his family currently live in Gansevoort (upstate) New York.


Music by Ralph R. Hays
Arranged by Ralph R. Hays

YR8205 Amazing Grace
YR8207 Benediction
YR8206 Gais Bergers, Les...
YR8201 Grandma's Rainbow...
YR8202 Hallelujah
YR8204 Noble New, The
YR8203 Shenandoah
YR8200 Shepherd's Psalm...
YR8208 Stone, The

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