Lee Hartman (b. 1979) holds degrees from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (D.M.A., M.M.) and the University of Delaware (B.M.). At the University of Delaware, he received a Dean’s Scholar position enabling him to pursue an individually designed academic program combining music education and composition. At the University of Missouri-Kansas City he served for three years as the Assistant Director to Musica Nova, the conservatory's new music ensemble, while teaching a variety of composition classes. In 2007 he was invited to both the Iceland Academy of the Arts in Reykjavík, Iceland and the Sichuan Conservatory in Chengdu, China to give lectures and master classes in composition. In 2007–08 he was Visiting Instructor in music theory at the University of Delaware where he taught freshman music theory, honors music theory, graduate orchestration, and private composition. He currently teaches at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg, MO and Park University and serves as Editor-in-Chief for KCMetropolis
Numerous ensembles including Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional del Paraguay, Project 60/40, UMKC Wind Symphony, California E.A.R. Unit, Schlaginstrumentengruppe, UMKC Wind Ensemble, UD Symphonic Band, itch, Pittsburgh State University Percussion Ensemble, Rice University Percussion Ensemble, Musica Nova, and Still Breathing have performed his works. Notable performances have taken place at the urban ecology of Arcosanti (designed by renowned Italian architect Paolo Soleri), as well at The Tank, Brevard Music Center, Schlern International Musical Festival, Kansas City Fringe Festival, University of Central Missouri New Music Festival, and at the National, National Student, and Regional levels by the Society of Composers, Inc. Hartman has also presented his research at the Music and Nature Symposium sponsored by Syracuse University and at the Midwest Association for Latin American Studies. His Six Etudes for Solo Vibraphone is published in Volume 44 of the SCI Journal of Scores.
Recent commissions have come from trombonist Karen Zawacki, pianist Keith Kirchoff, the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City for a collaborative, live performance, film score to accompany the 1920 silent film Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
as a part of its Silent Cinema series and from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to accompany the special exhibit George Segal: Street Scenes
with original choreography by Paula Weber.
An avid proponent of new music composition, performance, and education, he had his professional conducting debut in 2008 with newEar, Kansas City’s new music ensemble leading the ensemble on the world premiere of Paul Elwood’s In Blue Spaces
for bouzouki and mixed ensemble and Ingrid Stölzel’s with both eyes
and recently conducted Sebastian Currier’s Vocalissimus
, Lansing McLoskey's Requiem, v.2.001
, Roger Hannay's Oh, Friends!
, and James Mobberley's Two Studies in Perpetual Motion
. He has also conducted works by Sebastian Currier, Chen Yi, Chinary Ung, James Mobberley, Louis Andriessen, Carl Schimmel, and Stephen Yip in addition to coaching works by Kaija Saariaho, Martin Bresnick, Zhou Long, Terry Riley, Yehudi Wyner, Xiaogang Ye, Margaret Brouwer, and Stephen Montague to name but a few. In the summer of 2009, Hartman served as an orchestra manager for the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble and Aspen Opera Theater Center.
Hartman is a member of ASCAP, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the American Music Center, American Composers Forum, and the College Music Society. He serves on the National Executive Committee of the Society of Composers, Inc. as Submissions Coordinator. His primary composition instructors include James Mobberley, Chen Yi, Zhou Long, Paul Rudy, John Beall, and Jennifer Margaret Barker.