Donald Hagar was born in Elmira, New York in 1963. He began studying composition with Karel Husa at Ithaca College and with Justin Connolly in London. Later he earned his Master of Music degree in composition at Boston University, where he continued his studies with Theodore Antoniou and Bernard Rands. Much of his music has been premiered in Boston, in concerts by such groups as the New Boston Composers Collective, the Underground Composers, NuClassix, Neworks, the New Boston Chamber Symphony,the Wellesley Symphony Orchestra, ALEA III, and at the New England Conservatory Extension Division. In addition his music has been performed in New York, Buffalo, Cleveland, Philadelphia and Germany, and has been heard on radio, television and in the theater. His music has been published by Earnestly Music and Dorn Publications, and has been recorded on Capstone Records.
Don has been called “a composer of unique and individual music, always interesting, very clear in its formal design, and with real imagination.” In addition his music has been described as “fresh, rhythmically exciting,” and “remarkably, almost exhaustively inventive.” Reviewers for the Boston Globe have declared his music “intimate,” “finely structured,” and “perky.” Don has received awards from ASCAP, The American Music Center, The Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, Meet the Composer, Oobr (Off-off Broadway Review) and Kappa Gamma Psi. He currently lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and teaches elementary school music and band in Queens, NY.