Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Dissertation


School of Music



First Advisor

Larry Wyatt


Daron Aric Hagen is an American composer, educator, pianist, conductor, librettist, and stage director of contemporary classical music and opera. He has written nine operas and is currently commissioned to produce a tenth. While he is most noted for his operas, he has composed numerous choral works. Flight Music, a six movement piece for treble chorus is the topic of this study. It is about the ultimate flight of Amelia Earhart. This document will provide a conductor’s analysis of Flight Music and show how Hagen used this choral piece as a precursor to his opera Amelia. A biography of Hagen is included to show the influences on his choral music. Ultimately, the goal of this research is to foster a greater understanding and appreciation for the choral music of Daron Hagen.

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