Trent Hanna (Artist-in-Residence, 2004)

Isle Royale Reflection

"Isle Royale is so special to me. When I was a kid, my dad was a park ranger and we would spend each summer at a different national park. My summer at Isle Royale was by far my most favorite. When I was a sophomore in high school, I had my first solo backpacking trip on Isle Royale, and returned again with my dad and his friend for a canoeing and portaging trip on the island. I was thrilled to learned about the Artist-in-Residence program, and even more excited to get accepted. I will never forget my time on the island - the sounds, the sights, the memories. The margaritas. :). The piece I wrote, "Isle Royale", is a reflection of the sights, sound, my imagination of the history, my favorite place."

- Trent Hanna, January 2020

A man with flowing hair and sunglasses stands on snow. He has red pants and an orange long sleeve shirt on

About the Artist

Trent Hanna was an Isle Royale Artist-in-Residence from June 8th to June 26th, 2004. He has been awarded for his achievements as a composer and performer. His original works have been commissioned and performed throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. He studied composition with Fisher Tull and Pulitzer Prize winner Kevin Puts. He is currently the Coordinator of Theory and Composition at Snow College in Utah.

His music can be heard on the CDs Sojournal, chroma:new music for piano, Christmas Like This, Facing the Sun, and also the CD Potluck with his group, Trent Hanna Community. Trent Hanna’s music is often based on places important to him. Recently, he was selected as a participant and composer for Composing in the Wilderness 2020, which will take place in Denali, Alaska. In his spare time, Trent enjoys spending time with his family outdoors.

For more information on Trent, visit his Snow College page and listen to an interview with him.

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Last updated: January 7, 2020

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