Aaron Hynds is an Ohio-based tubist, composer, and proponent of contemporary music. His emphasis as a performer is in the reconciliation of standard performance practice on the instruments of the tuba family with the demands made by newly written compositions. To this end, he has made a point to perform works from across a wide spectrum of musical styles, purposefully shunning the boundaries between the new and old.
Aaron has been a featured performer across the United States since 2007, particularly in new music venues. He has performed at events such as the inaugural Omaha Under the Radar Festival, the 2014 International Summer Course for New Music in Darmstadt, Germany, the Null Point music series in Buffalo, NY, Constellation-Chicago, the 2016 New Music Gathering in Baltimore, MD, and the first meeting of the Northwestern University New Music Conference [NUNC!]. Additionally, he has appeared as a performer in the 2014 and 2015 Bowling Green New Music Festivals. Recently, he performed a recital/masterclass tour throughout the Southeastern U.S., performing at the University of South Carolina, East Tennessee State University, Kennesaw State University, Valdosta State University, and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
The creation and encouragement of new works for the tuba is a vital component of Aaron’s artistic output, and to this end, he has commissioned and performed works by composers such as Kurt Isaacson, Nicholas Deyoe, Ruby Fulton, Monte Weber, and Hong-Da Chin. Upcoming collaborations include tuba+electronics compositions by Jacob Gotlib, Elise Roy, and Colin Tucker, a tuba duo by Eliza Brown, and solo works by Laura Schwartz and Ray Evanoff.
Aaron is currently in the planning process for his first solo album, consisting of standard repertoire and new works alike. In addition, he performed with Ensemble Dal Niente on the Katherine Young/Austin Wulliman collaboration Diligence is to Progress as Magic is to Flight, released in 2014 on the Parlour Tapes+ label. He has appeared as a regular collaborator on albums by ambient group The Midwest Hackers, and recently recorded a doom metal/jazz trio album with collaborators Jordan Snow and Danny Hynds.
Besides his work as a performer, Aaron is also a composer and new media artist. Recent premieres include Again I reply for tuba+electronics and terminal loop for Chinese flute+electronics. Upcoming performances include Anisotropia for multipercussion+electronics (written for percussionist Eric Retterer), Choke (Radio Edit) for bass clarinet+electronics (for clarinetist Gunnar Hirthe), and split wide open for saxophone quartet+electronics. He has also worked as a video artist, exhibiting such works as A Soft Union (of) Teeth (single channel video projection) and Idle Animation (four channel installation).
Aaron is passionate about teaching, and maintains a private studio of tuba and euphonium students in the Northwest Ohio area. He has appeared as a guest educator at the Wisconsin Summer Music Clinic and at various collegiate institutions, including Millikin University, East Tennessee State University, Valdosta State University, and the University of Northern Iowa. He has a particular interest in guiding the development of beginning tuba and euphonium students, and is also interested in developing approaches for teaching contemporary techniques at a young age.
Aaron has earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Music degrees from the University of Northern Iowa and University of Wisconsin-Madison, the latter of which he attended as a Paul J. Collins Distinguished Graduate Fellow. He is currently a doctoral student at Bowling Green State University, where he is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Contemporary Music.
He is lucky to have studied with the following educators, all of whom have directly contributed to his musical, personal, and intellectual growth: David Saltzman, John Stevens, Michael Svoboda, Melvyn Poore, Marco Blaauw, Dr. Jeffrey Funderburk, Dr. Sharon Huff, Thomas Miller, James Culbertson, Steve Schepper, Dr. Jonathan Schwabe, and Dr. Jerome Soneson.