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Paul Hayden received his undergraduate degree in music composition from Louisiana State University and his graduate degrees (also in composition) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has studied composition with Ben Johnston, Salvatore Martirano, and Thomas Fredrickson. Dr. Hayden has taught at Louisiana State University and at Eastern Illinois University.

Hayden's music is published by Theodore Presser Co., Carl Fischer, Inc., and Magnolia Music Press. His music is recorded on the Centaur, Opus One, Mark, and WorldWinds record labels.

Hayden has received awards, grants, or recognition from ASCAP, the American Music Center, the Charles Ives Center for American Music, Delius National Composition Competition (grand prize winner for A Tre for solo flute), the National Flute Association's Newly Published Music Competition (winner for A Tre and Grand Mamou for flute and piano), Truman State University/MACRO Society Composition Competition (grand prize winner for Filé), and the Virginia College Band Directors National Association (for Scintilla and Chalumeau, both for wind ensemble). His music has been performed in Europe, Russia, China, and throughout the United States.


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