Evan Hause has composed a rich body of work including chamber music and large ensemble works, rock albums, serious and light operas and mini-operas, orchestrations of electronic music, electronic and electro-acoustic music, traditional and surreal arrangements of music by other composers and rock groups, and music for young people. A skilled performer himself, he has performed as a percussionist, guitarist, keyboardist, bassist, and vocalist and has conducted numerous works of his own (including three operas) and other composers. His musical influences were strongly shaped by early performing experiences in rock bands, symphony orchestras, and avante garde percussion and contemporary music ensembles. He has also worked in the theater and improvisational groups, and taught composition, theory, analysis, and percussion lessons to college students.
Hause received several ASCAP Morton Gould awards; residencies at the Edward Albee “Barn” on Montauk, MacDowell Colony, and Atlantic Center for the Arts; grants from the Alice K. Ditson Fund of Columbia University and the Brooklyn Arts Council; the Rackham Regents and Dissertation Fellowships of the University of Michigan; the Herbert Elwell Composer Award of the Oberlin Conservatory; the Sanford Scholarship of the North Carolina School of the Arts; and an Aspen Music Festival scholarship. His music is either self-published or by Edward B. Marks Music Company and is recorded on the Albany, Cadence, Cantaloupe, Equilibrium, GIA, and MSR labels.
Hause is originally from North Carolina and currently resides in New Jersey. From 2005-2018 he worked as General Manager for the Edward B. Marks Music Company. He earned the DMA and MM in Composition from the University of Michigan, and the BM from the Oberlin Conservatory, with additional work at the North Carolina School of the Arts.