David Hanner

Assistant Professor of Theory and Composition


  • Ph.D., University at Buffalo (2009)
  • M.A. University of Music and Dramatic Arts, Graz/ Austria (1999)
  • B.A., Hochschule fur Musik und darstellende Kunst, Graz/ Austria (1992)

Courses Taught

  • Music Theory
  • Composition
  • Counterpoint
  • Choir
  • Orchestration
  • Music Appreciation

Professional Experience/Achievements

Many performances as pianist and chamber musician; pianist for ballet and opera; composer of commissioned works for international festivals for new music in Austria, Croatia, Switzerland, and the United States; church organist and music director, and international teaching experience.

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is grounded on the firm belief that everyone is gifted in his/her individual strengths and fashion; therefore my approach to teaching in the field of music is based on a hands-on and ear-open attitude towards the task at hand, and to enable and encourage each individual student to engage in a lifelong process of discovery – whether it is in a classroom setting, a rehearsal, or a one-to-one lesson.  A process, once it has begun, shall lead to a deeper understanding of oneself and humanity as a whole.

Research Interests

  • Teaching – ways to engage
  • Composing – various projects
  • Study and practice as pianist


  • Publication of Ph.D. dissertation monologue, for soprano and chamber orchestra (2009)
  • My ensemble piece listening room (Ensemble Sur Plus/ James Avery) featured in the internet radio station http://artofthestates.org. (Since June 2007)
  • Publication of the essay “The Material Experience of Abstraction: Morton Feldman and the Experience of Silence,” in Music, Metamorphosis And Capitalism: Self, Poetics and Politics, edited by John Wall, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle, UK. (March 2007)
  • Numerous documentations as composer and pianist. Radio Bremen (Germany), ORF (Austria), and UB. (Since 1990)

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