Katherine Hoover is a multifaceted artist—flutist, teacher, entrepreneur, poet, and, most notably, a distinguished composer. A prodigy (she read music at age 4), she is also, as a woman composer, a pioneer in her field. Hoover’s work has garnered commissions, awards, and accolades including a 1994 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Composition. In 1996, her Dances and Variations and its premiere at the Kennedy Center was chronicled in the PBS documentary New Music. Ten of her pieces have won the NFA Newly Published Music Competition. Born in Elkins, West Virginia, Katherine Hoover grew up in Philadelphia. She holds a performer’s certificate in flute and a bachelor of music in music theory from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Joseph Mariano. She studied with William Kincaid for two years before moving to New York, where she taught at Juilliard’s Preparatory Division and, in years to follow, performed at leading halls in New York. In 1969, she began teaching theory at the Manhattan School of Music, where she also earned a master’s degree, and remained there for 15 years.