Hal Campbell Composition Contest
During the 2009-2010 academic year, the Hal Campbell Composition Competition began. This competition honors Hal Campbell, who taught at Southern Utah University for 26 years. This contest celebrates new music by contemporary composers.
2010-2011 Composition Contest Submission Guidelines have been published! Click Here to read them.
2010 First Annual Hal Campbell Composition Competition Winner:
Suite! by Mark Zuckerman
Zuckerman's piece was performed at the Music Masterworks Series: SUU Wind Symphony & Choral Concert on Friday, April 23, 2010 at 7:30 p.m. in the Heritage Center Theatre. Please click here to read the press release announcing the concert.
Dr. Hal Campbell graduated from Granite High School, Salt Lake County, in 1944, obtained a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree in music from the University of Utah and a PhD in music composition from BYU.
Hal taught in Sublette County Public Schools, Big Piney, Wyoming for a year; in the Wm. M. Stewart School (K-9), University of Utah, for 13 years; and at Southern Utah State College/Southern Utah University for 26 years before retirement, during which time he served as Music Department chair twice and as Dean of Arts and Letters (although he enjoyed most teaching music students in theory, history, composition, arranging, and piano).
He studied piano with Mabel Borg Jenkins and Grant Johanneson in Salt Lake. He studied composition with Drs. Leroy Robertson and Merrill Bradshaw, plus summer sessions with Drs. Sam Adler and Ernst Toch.
Dr. Campbell’s compositions include pieces for piano written for Dr. Peter Vinograde to use on his piano recital tours, a concerto for piano and orchestra, choral and solo vocal works, a Cantata from the Book of Mormon, The Year of the Bee for choir, soloists and orchestra, a “duel” for trumpet and clarinet (piano as mediator), and several children’s songs for the L.D.S. Primary (two of which are found in the current Children’s Song Book). He is currently working on completing three Dialogues for Strings and Piano .
Hal has done extensive arranging for various local groups and is currently making occasional arrangements for the Mastersingers. He has also conducted the Orchestra of Southern Utah (where he and his wife are presently serving as librarians), church choirs and civic choral groups, has accompanied many musical groups and soloists, and has played piano solos in recitals and various programs for school, church, and community.
Born in Idaho, raised in Utah, married Joan Day from Yorkshire, England in November, 1950; they have 3 living children (one deceased), 12 grandchildren, two great grandchildren, with a third on the way. He served an L.D.S. mission in England from 1947-1949, and he and his wife were missionaries to the London Temple from 1999-2001. He has served in numerous church callings in Cedar City.
He used to love hiking and anthropological studies, but now it’s more genealogy and making the computer do what it’s supposed to during bursts of musical activity.