Studio Portrait

Henry Dorn

Graduate Assistant

Henry Dorn (b. in Little Rock, AR) is a professional composer and conductor residing in Lansing, Michigan. Each of his in-tune compositions are created with distinct creativity, having been performed by noteworthy ensembles across the country. These performances range from the Grammy-winning Harlem Quartet, Aizuri Quartet, ETHEL quartet, the Elysian Trombone Quartet, Argento Ensemble, the Sanctuary Jazz Orchestra, the Dallas Wind Symphony.
With a seasoned musical background, Henry’s passion for sound grows with each new piece he brings to life. He is the former assistant director to the Memphis Area Youth Wind Ensemble, and former director to the Memphis-based Nu Chamber Collective. He’s proud to have received multiple awards for his unique style, including: Future of Music Faculty Fellowship recipient from the Inaugural Cleveland Institute of Music, and an ASCAP Foundation’s Morton Gould Young Composer Award.
Henry completed his undergraduate studies in Composition at the University of Memphis and master’s studies in Wind Conducting and Composition at Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. He is currently completing doctoral studies in Wind Conducting and Composition at Michigan State University. His composition teachers include David Biedenbender, Oscar Bettison, Kamran Ince, and Jack Cooper, and has had additional studies with Derek Bermel, Aaron Jay Kernis, and Joseph Schwanter. He has studied conducting with Kevin Sedatole, Harlan D. Parker, and Kraig Alan Williams.