Edward Hart

Department Chair, Professor, Music Theory/Composition

Address: Cato Center, Room 207
Phone: 843.953.6532
E-mail: harte@cofc.edu
Personal Website: http://blogs.cofc.edu/harte/
Blog: http://blogs.cofc.edu/harte/

Edward Hart’s music has been performed in the United States, Latin America, Africa, and Europe including performances in New York, Los Angeles, Kiev, Vienna, Mexico City, Johannesburg, Boston, and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Hart’s music was also featured at the opening of the 32nd Annual International Cervantino Festival in Guanajuato, Mexico with President Vicente Fox in attendance.  Newspapers such as a.m., Leon, Mexico have described his music as “…spiritual and emotional,” El Pais, Montevideo, Uruguay as   “…clearly visual,” Sun-Sentinel, South Florida, as “...well crafted, smartly scored and cast in an accessible style that clearly communicates to audiences,” and the Charleston Post and Courier as having “… great sweep and strong appeal.”  His works include concertos for violin, piano, and guitar, various orchestral works, chamber music, solo piano compositions, choral music, and art songs.  Ensembles that have performed his music include Orquesta de Baja California (Mexico), Philharmonica de Montevideo (Uruguay), Lviv Philharmonic (Ukraine), Symphony of the Americas, Kiev Philharmonic, Arpeggione Chamber Orchestra (Austria), the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Carolina Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, and the Upton Trio. He has received many commissions including song cycles for D’Anna Fortunato of the New England Conservatory of Music and Darryl Taylor, founder of the African-American Art Song Alliance, as well as a concerto for Mexican guitar virtuoso Roberto Limon. Most recently, he has completed a new violin concerto entitled Under an Indigo Sky for violinist Yuriy Bekker.  Hart’s choral music is published by Colla Voce.

Hart is a native of Charleston South Carolina, USA and holds a Doctorate from the University of South Carolina where his primary composition teacher was Gordon “Dick” Goodwin.  He is Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Music at the College of Charleston.


College of Charleston
Bachelor of Arts

University of South Carolina
Master of Music
Doctor of Musical Arts

Research Interests

Music Composition

Courses Taught

MUSC 246 - Music Theory I
MUSC 247
- Music Theory II
MUSC 351
- Seminar in Music Composition
MUSC 460
- Senior Independent Study in Music Theory or Composition

Honors and Awards

Awarded many National and International Commissions


Timrod Songs – Colla Voce Music