William Alden Hibbard|
(August 8, 1939 - April 5, 1989) USA
William Hibbard was born in Newton, Massachusetts, he displayed an early aptitude for music - while still in junior high school, Hibbard began taking music composition lessons from Francis Judd Cooke at the New England Conservatory of Music.
He went on to attend the Conservatory as an undergraduate, and was graduated with a B.M. with Highest Honors in Violin in 1961. He obtained his Masters, in Composition, from the Conservatory in 1963. William Hibbard arrived at the University of Iowa in 1964 as a doctoral student in Composition; he received his PhD from the School of Music in 1967. He joined the School of Music faculty, Composition and Theory section, in 1966. He was made a full professor in 1977, and was appointed head of the section in 1987.
During his tenure at the University of Iowa, the focus of William's activity - both as a performer and as a composer - was the Center for New Music, UI's professional new music ensemble which William Hibbard co-founded in 1966.
William served as the Center's Music Director from 1966 until 1988. The Center attained a national reputation, and in 1986 won the Commendation of Excellence from Broadcast Music, Inc. The American Composers Alliance awarded the Center its Laurel Leaf Award "in memoriam William Hibbard" in 1990.
His companion was James Dixon, who was also music director of the Quad City Symphony. William Hibbard died of AIDS-related complications in San Francisco, California, at the age of 49.