Jack Hughes is a Chicago-based composer who is interested in exploring the ways in which the inner life of sound interacts with a listener’s body, mind and soul. Upcoming projects include a new piece for the Flux quartet at the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival and a commission from the American Composer’s Orchestra to be premiered in Carnegie Hall in 2022. Jack served as composer fellow of San Francisco’s Volti choral ensemble in 2017 and of the Canton Symphony Orchestra in 2014. His music has also been performed by eighth blackbird, Quatour Bozzini, and Quince contemporary vocal ensemble, among others. In 2020 the American Academy of Arts and Letters awarded Jack the Charles Ives Scholarship.
Jack received his PhD in composition from The University of Chicago, where he studied with Augusta Read Thomas. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in composition and theory at the Cleveland Institute of Music, in the studio of Keith Fitch. He began his musical studies on trumpet and piano in Reston, Virginia and also plays viola and traditional Irish fiddle. Jack is a committed educator and enjoys giving seminars and lessons for students of all ages.