Katherine Hoover

Katherine (December 2, 1937 – September 21, 2018) was a composer, educator, freelance flutist, and a loving mother who lived in New York City. She received many prestigious awards, including the the National Flute Association’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award, a National Endowment Composer’s Fellowship and many other awards, and an American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award (1994) in Composition. As co-founder of Papagena Press (1988), her works encompass over 90 individual titles. Katherine has rearranged many of her compositions with exciting variations of instrumentation. In addition, she has arranged cherished classical pieces for either different or modern instruments. Her legacy will remain to teach future composers and musicians to enjoy and expand their profession.

Photo of KHoover
Courtesy of Papagena Press. Credit Jane Hamborsky.

Katherine playing Kokopeli.

Theodore Presser is the world-wide distributor for Papagena Press and most of Katherine Hoover's compositions. Papagena's catalog lists more than 90 of Katherine's works, including her 6 National Flute Association's Newly Published Music Competition winners.

Publication rights to selected works are owned by Theodore Presser, Carl Fischer, Boelke-Boemart / Schott, Songs of Peer LTD., and WC Music Corp.



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Katherine survives through her music and poems. Her family continues to correspond with her friends, peers, and acquaintances to understand her life and work better. Papagena Press and her family thank everyone for keeping her memory alive.

The challenge of accumulating and organizing her work and working materials (searching desk drawers, file cabinets, bookcases, credenzas, and closets) has been more significant than expected. We have successfully transferred most of her archives to The Eastman School of Music's Sibley Music Library Special Collections department.

Several outside sources have been valuable in rediscovering some of her early work. The United States Copyright Office and Library of Congress resources have provided many details. Additionally, The Pytheas Center for Contemporary Music best summarizes Katherine's Katherine in great detail.

Below is a list of contacts and resources for those interested in exploring her music.

Papagena Press

160 W 95th St #5B
NYC NY USA 10025


Eastman School of Music

Sibley Music Library
Special Collections
UNIV. of Rochester
27 Gibbs St.
Rochester NY USA 14604

Theodore Presser Company

105 Great Valley Pkwy
Malvern PA USA 19355



American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
250 West 57th Street
NYC NY USA 10107


OCLC Online Computer Library
6565 Kilgour Place
Dublin Ohio USA 43017


New York Women Composers, Inc.


Pytheas Center for Contemporary Music
389 Cousins Street
Yarmouth Maine USA 04096