In the fall of 1998, he released his first CD: Jubilance!, a selection of his works from the previous decade. The title work for alto saxophone and organ was featured at the 1999 national convention of the Society of Composers, Inc. in New York City. Also featured is the Wind River Trio: Zoe Shepherd, flute, James Hoch, clarinet, and Barbara DuFresne, piano.
During the summer of 1999, Hoch studied with internationally noted composer Knut Nysted in Oslo, Norway. While there he completed the Missa Brevis for a cappella choir, which was premiered at Central Lutheran Church in Winona as part of a concert featuring the works of Nysted during his visit to this country in 2000. Other recent works include Millennium, which was commissioned by Winona State University for the dedication of its new library, Symphony No. 1, op. 28, which was commissioned by the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra and Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, which was written for cellist Paul Vance and premiered by the Winona Symphony in 2001. Also commissioned and premiered by the Winona Symphony Orchestra was In Memoriam: 9/11, in 2002.
In March of 2004, Hoch's eagerly awaited second CD, From Within...was released at a concert featuring three of the six new compositions on the CD.
James Hoch earned his Bachelor of Music degree from the University of the Pacific Conservatory of Music and his Masters and Doctoral degrees from the University of Colorado. He has taught instrumental music at Carroll College (Wisconsin), the University of Hawaii, and Central Wyoming College. He is currently a Professor of Music at Winona State University, where he teaches woodwinds, theory/composition, and music education. His secondary teaching experiences were in California and Virginia.
Currently, Dr. Hoch is the principal clarinet in the Winona Symphony, assistant principal clarinet with the La Crosse Symphony and principal clarinet in the Holiday Rambler Rally Band. He has been a soloist with the Honolulu Symphony, the Northern Virginia Symphony, the Winona Symphony, the WSU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and the Winona Municipal Band. Dr. Hoch also plays clarinet and soprano saxophone in Winona's premier Dixieland combo, the "Gate City Jazz Band".
He is a member of MENC, the International Clarinet Society, ASCAP, and the Society of Composers, Inc.
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1. Tarantella for Flute, Clarinet, & Piano
2. Introspective Visions for Violin & Clarinet: Inquiry
3. mvt.2: Dark Amusement
4. mvt.3: Longing
5. mvt.4: Egress
6. Intermezzo for Flute, Clarinet, & Piano
7. Gargoyle Trilogy for Organ: Le Chat Gargoyle of Rheims Catherdra
8. mvt.2: Tuscan Gargoyle
9. mvt.3: Gnawing Gargoyle of Notre Dame
10. Nocturne for Solo Alto Flute
11. Sonata for Flute & Piano: Allegro energico
12. mvt.2: Adagio con expressivo
13. mvt.3: Tarantella
14. Duo for Alto Flute & Cello: Introduction and Allegro
15. mvt.2: Lullaby
16. mvt.3: Invented Rag
17. Jubilance! for Alto Saxophone & Organ