GRACE HALE is an American composer of both film and classical concert music. Her contemporary classical works often draw on the filmic tradition. By integrating storytelling, visual arts, stage directions, or multimedia in her concert music, Hale strives to create multidisciplinary immersive experiences that invoke listeners’ imaginations.
In 2018, Hale was recognized as the first prize recipient of the Colorado Collegiate Composition Competition with her piece Rhapsody on a Cityscape for British Brass Band. She also holds an honorable mention in the 2017 International Summer Academy of Music’s Joseph Dorfman Memorial Competition with her solo piano work The Vagabond. Her published music includes two piano solos, A Wayward Leaf (2022) and Thorne Miniatures (2020), that were published by the CCC Music Company. Among notable large ensemble performances, Hale collaborated with mandolinist Sierra Hull on an orchestral arrangement of her song "Sunday," which was performed by the Portland Chamber Orchestra and the Walla Walla Symphony, conducted by Jaacov Bergman in 2019.
Hale has attended residencies and programs at the Collaborative Composition Initiative Workshop (2022), Alderworks Alaska Residency (2022), LunARTS Festival (2018), the International Summer Academy of Music in Germany (2017), Snow Pond Music Festival (2017), Curtis Summerfest (2016), California Summer Music (2015), NYU/ASCAP Film Scoring Workshop (2015), Oberlin Composition Workshop (2014), and Interlochen Summer Academy (2013). Hale’s latest commissions include a concert work for the New York Youth Symphony premiering in Carnegie Hall in March 2024, and a film score for Emmy-award winning documentary filmmaker Jillian Eugenios premiering at Sundance Film Festival in January 2024.
Hale received her Master of Music in Composition at the University of Michigan in 2023 and her Bachelor of Arts in Music from Colorado College in 2020. She studied composition under Michael Daugherty, Kristy Kuster, Ofer Ben-Amots, Jan Jirasek, and David Tcimpidis.