Eleanor Hovda was
born March 27, 1940 in Duluth, Minnesota. She received her Bachelors of Arts in music at American University in Washington
D.C. and her MFA in dance at Sarah Lawrence College. Her music has been performed extensively in the U.S. and abroad by ensembles
including the Netherlands Wind Ensemble, KlangForum (Vienna), the Cassatt and Kronos Quartets, Zeitgeist, Bang on a Can All-Stars,
the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, the Boston Music Viva, The California Ear Unit and the St. Louis Symphony. Performance
venues have included Ozawa Hall (Tanglewood), Alice Tully, Carnegie Hall Weill, Miller, Walter Reade and Merkin Concert Halls;
The Kitchen, Bang on a Can Festival and the Alternative Museum (NYC) the Purcell Room (London), The American Academy (Rome),
the American Center (Paris), the WDR (Cologne), Cerventino Festival (Mexico), New Music Forum (Mexico City), Holland Festival
(Amsterdam), Vienna, Madrid, Barcelona, Tokyo and Asahikawa (Japan); colleges and universities including Princeton, Harvard,
Yale, Columbia, and Swarthmore; The Walker Art Center (Minneapolis), and New Music America. Remote, a collaboration with Baryshnikov's
White Oak Dance Project, toured nationally and made its NYC premiere at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in 1997.
Hovda held appointments as full professor/composer-in-residence on the music
faculties of Princeton and Yale universities, and Bard College. Music and dance appointments include residencies at Sarah
Lawrence College, Wesleyan University, the College of St. Scholastica and the American Dance Festival.
Two CDs devoted exclusively to her compositions have been released on OO
Discs: Coastal Traces and Ariadne Music. Her music has also
been recorded on Albany Records, Innova and CRI.
Eleanor Hovda died November 12, 2009 in Springdale, Arkansas.