Casey Hale is a composer, guitarist and musicologist living in New York City, where he is completing his doctoral studies at the CUNY Graduate Center. Called by the Cleveland Plain Dealer
a skilled craftsman with a keen ear for colorful and yearning sonic possibilities, he has written for a number of orchestras and chamber ensembles, including the American Symphony Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra, the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra, the Da Capo Chamber Players, the Orchestra of St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, and TRANSIT, among others. His composition teachers have included Joan Tower, Margaret Brouwer, Zhou Long, Tania León and David Del Tredici. As an instrumentalist, he has performed repertoire from the 16th century to the present in a broad range of styles, and currently co-directs the CUNY Middle Eastern Music Ensemble with Ozan Aksoy. As a researcher and analyst, his writings explore the intersections of cultural politics, genre, compositional strategies, and performance practices in musics of the 20th- and 21st-centuries.