Recently, President Broderick held his annual State of the University address for ODU faculty and staff. It was an opportunity to learn about the incredible works of the campus community, see where the president envisions the university heading and most importantly get free breakfast (just kidding 😊).

While the speech highlighted partnerships with NASA, athletic academic success and a new school of real estate, my ears perked up at the mention of the F. Ludwig Diehn. Old Dominion University has renamed it’s School of Music in honor of the composer and to cement the achievements of the music school, it was revealed that Dr. Adolphus Hailstork’s newest composition was performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Dr. Hailstork is a professor and eminent scholar at the F. Ludwig Diehn School of Music since 2000. Adophus Hailstork began his musical career as a child with piano lessons. He would go on to study music at Howard University, the Manhattan School of Music, study at the American Institute at Fontainebleau and later earning his doctoral degree from Michigan State University. His first performed composition, The Race for Space, occurred during his undergraduate career. Other notable compositions include: Out of the Depths (winning the 1977 Belwin-Mills Max Winkler Award), Consort Piece (won First Prize by the University of Delaware Festival of Contemporary Music) and Still Holding On (which was not only performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, but also commissioned by said organization).

Within the confines of Special Collections and University Archives, we house several artifacts relating to Dr. Hailstork distinguished career at ODU. Click HERE to view photographs from the Old Dominion Digital Library of an exhibit in honor of Dr. Hailstork and pictures taken after his concert in February of 2000.

Next year I hope President Broderick will announce the building of a new library (hey…I can dream right?). Until then, please enjoy this video of Dr. Hailstork’s works presented by Lawrence University Choirs and Symphony Orchestra. Hopefully, the composer’s newest work will be performed on the East Coast very soon!

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