Katherine Hoover

Katherine Hoover

katherine hoover

Katherine Hoover

Papagena Press Founder

For more than 50 years, Ms. Hoover was a composer, educator, and freelance flutist in New York City. Born in West Virginia (December 2, 1937 – September 21, 2018), Katherine lived 80 years.

She received National Flute Association’s 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award, a National Endowment Composer’s Fellowship and many other awards, including an American Academy of Arts and Letters Academy Award (1994) in Composition.

Since co-founding in 1988, Papagena's catalog has included 90 individual titles of Katherine's work. Many of these have one or more interesting rearrangements.

Please listen to Katherine playing her famed 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.

Boelke Boemart / Schott is the european for four of Katherine's works.

Songs of Peer LTD. is a distributor for three of Katherine's works.

WC Music Corp. is a distributor for one of Katherine's works.

Recordings of her music have been published by Koch Entertainment, Delos Music, Parnassus Records, Gasparo, Summit Records, Centaur Records (ref: HBDirect), Cantilena Records, BMG/Bayer Music Group, Boston Records, Leonarda Classical Recordings, Albany Records, Fleur de Son, Innova, North Pacific Music.

Katherine's Life

Biography ▶

Composed from Katherine's bio's, husband and son.

Compositions ▶

Linked to selected video performances.

Selected recordings as Flutist ... ▶

Katherine Hoover Performing.

Selected recordings as Composer ... ▶

Selected flutists performing Katherine Hoover's works.

‘Seeing' through Others' eyes ▶

... previews, introductions, absrtacts, synopsis, links ...

Many Thanks ▶

To those who improved this website.


Papagena Press

160 W 95th St #5B
New York, NY 10025

Katherine Hoover Archives

Sibley Music Library, Special Collections
Eastman School of Music
27 Gibbs St.
Rochester, NY 14604

Theodore Presser Company

105 Great Valley Pkwy
Malvern, PA 19355


American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
250 West 57th Street
New York, NY 10107


OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc.
6565 Kilgour Place
Dublin Ohio 43017


New York Women Composers, Inc.


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

In Memoriam

Katherine survives through her music and poems. 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. Happily, we have successfully transferred most of her archives to The Eastman School of Music's Sibley Music Library Special Collections department. In support, Papagena Press continues to improve and correct this website while documenting discoveries.

Several outside sources have been used in this effort. The United States Copyright Office and Library of Congress resources have provided many details. Additionally, The Pytheas Center for Contemporary Music has been used as it summarizes Katherine's in great detail.

Katherine's family continues to correspond with her friends, peers, and acquaintances to better understand her life and work. Papagena Press and her family wish to thank everyone for their support.