Photo Courtesy: Liz Downing
Nathan Hackworth is currently in his last semester of completing his Master's degree in Music Performance at the University of Maine (Prospectus Spring/May 2018) under the instruction of Dr. Stuart Marrs (Jacobs, Julliard) in applied percussion lessons, Dr. Anatole Wieck (Julliard) in conducting lessons and orchestra, Dr. Beth Wiemann (Princeton University) for music theory and musicology, Dr. Phillip Silver (New England Conservatory) for music history, and Dr. Phillip Edelmann and Dr. Laura Artesani for music education and general music pedagogy.
While studying at UMAINE for both his undergraduate bachelor's degree in music performance and the masters program, Nathan has prepared and performed several different music performance projects in the New England area that all spread through a sweeping variety of musical genres, from Baroque music all the way to Progressive Rock and Jazz Fusion; including the premiering of various solos, orchestral music, and chamber music - all while learning the ins and outs of the music industry including production, engineering, and event planning. It's been his preparation and devotion to his passion of music that has planted Nathan Hackworth in the career mindset.
Nathan Hackworth performed the marimba solo of "Uneven Souls" by Nebojsa Jovan Zivkovic in his graduate recital and the university percussion ensemble concerts held in the March and April of 2017, for which he received the Emerging Young Artists award from the W.I.S.E. Foundation. Here's a link to that performance.
Nathan Hackworth has received several scholarships for his work in contemporary and chamber music ensembles (including the Priscilla Hardy Bennett Scholarship '14, to name one). Nathan Hackworth has always been interested in working as apart of the percussion sections of orchestras and with chamber music ensembles, for which he has performed in 92Y orchestra (June 2014) in New York with several soloists and a few repertoire pieces. He is also a freelancer and does substitute positions in the Bangor Symphony Orchestra in Bangor, Maine - the oldest functioning orchestra in New England!
Some of the Chamber Music projects that he has performed with include important musicians such as Carol Wincenc (Julliard School) as part of the Winter Harbor Music Festival (lead by Deirdre McArdle, MSM) in Daniel Paget's "One Hundred Roses"; premiered Elliott Schwartz's (Bowdoin College) "Snapshots" on December 2012 in Hammond Hall, Winter Harbor, ME - as well as a New York premiere in Nicholas Roerich Museum (with Deirdre McArdle, piccolo/flute; Ryu Mitsuhashi, viola; Nathan Hackworth, percussion) - as well as a Maine premiere in Minsky Recital Hall on UMAINE campus (Feb 2015) with Liz Downing, flute/piccolo; Ryu Mitsuhashi, viola; Nathan Hackworth, percussion.
More recently, Nathan Hackworth has worked with Simon Varallyay (from Budapest, Hungary - also W.I.S.E. student) and Hahnsol Kim (Julliard, W.I.S.E. student) on Eric Ranvig's "A Kiss Gets the Snow to Melt (2017)" as part of Simon's recital for the W.I.S.E. Foundation on 17 December 2017 in Acton, Massachusetts.
Originally from Presque Isle, Maine, Nathan Hackworth has been working in the Orono/Bangor, Maine, Penobscot County area of Maine for the better part of eight years (2010 to present) as a freelance percussionist, teacher, and studio drummer for the area. Nathan is going to continue working in Massachusetts and New York as 2018 approaches and will continue to do various projects in Orono, Maine as well.
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