Dayton Hare

Meet Dayton Hare

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In his music, composer Dayton Hare strikes a balance between lyricism and color, narrative and atmosphere. Often drawing inspiration from the natural world, he hopes to raise questions about our relationship to our environment and elevate underappreciated beauty found around us.

During the 2024–25 year, Dayton will take up residence at the Fondation des États-Unis in Paris as the recipient of the Fulbright-Harriet Hale Woolley Award in the Arts, where he will compose music that engages with the city’s climate change mitigation efforts and study under the tutelage of Régis Campo at the École Normale de Musique de Paris.

Previously, Dayton has received fellowships from the National Orchestral Institute + Festival, the Conservatoire américain de Fontainebleau, and the Norfolk New Music Workshop. His work has been performed by Bent Frequency, Mammoth Trio, the Yale Percussion Group, Utari Duo, and others. Upcoming projects include commissions for the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and Yale Planetary Solutions Climate Week. Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Dayton received a master’s of music from the Yale School of Music, and bachelor’s degrees in music composition and English literature from the University of Michigan.

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