Mr. Brian Hanson
Lecturer of Music
Brian Hanson joined the faculty at Southeastern Louisiana University in the Fall of 2011. As a composer, Hanson's works have been performed and recorded by such ensembles as the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra. Additionally, his music has received awards and recognition from the Omaha Symphony Guild, the Louisiana Composer's Forum, and the College Music Society's Southern, South-Central, and Middle Atlantic Chapters. Hanson's music appears in a variety of media projects, including independent films, documentaries, video games, television commercials, and theatrical plays. Many of these projects have received national and international acclaim, most notably the documentary, American Crisis, American Shame, and the independent film, In the Absence of Saints. In 2010, the state of Louisiana asked Hanson to compose the national anthem for the bicentennial celebration of the West Florida Republic's revolution of 1810. As a music theorist, Hanson specializes in the analysis of music of the early twentieth century. His Master's thesis, Predodecaphonic Techniques of Anton Webern, illustrates how the "aphoristic" works of Webern foreshadow the use of dodecaphony. As a contributor to Examiner.com, Hanson examines the deeper truths behind some of Western music's greatest composers and their masterworks.