Hiram titus


For the last thirty years, Hiram Titus has been associated with many local and regional theaters including the Guthrie Theatre and the Minneapolis Children'sTheater where he was Composer in Residence for four years. His theater and opera scores have been enjoyed throughout the world as well as his television and film scores. Mr. Titus has also produced and directed theater and video productions. Prior to that he enjoyed a career as a concert pianist, earning degrees in piano and composition from Oberlin College.

Hiram Titus began his musical career in music at the advanced age of two. Playing by ear at the piano, and improvising, his fascination with music started early. His piano studies began with Guy Duckworth (at age 10) at the University of Minnesota and Domenic Argento (at age 12) were followed by a major in piano and minor in composition at Oberlin College where he performed many important piano works by Schoenberg, Bartok, Stravinsky, and Berg. He continued his interest in composition by creating works for theater and modern dance.

After graduation, Hiram returned to Minneapolis where he was discovered by the Minneapolis Children's Theater and offered a full time position as Composer in Residence. Soon he was also creating scores for productions at the Guthrie Theater, and other theater companies around the country, as well as operas for Minnesota Opera (Rosina) and the Houston Grand Opera (Hadleyville and The Lucky Lady).

Mr. Titus has continued to write for theater, film, television, dance, opera, computer software, and even theme parks. His music has been heard world wide and his works have been performed and appreciated in China, Russia, Canada, Japan, and many locations in the USA.

Mr. Titus was music director at Unity Christ Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he composed spiritual works for chorus, and solo voice, as well as scores for theater productions. A personal highlight for him was being chosen to compose the score for the first ever stage adaptation of "The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins", for the Childrens Theater in Minneapolis and being able to meet and spend time with the author, Dr. Seuss himself.

Hiram Titus passed away in 2013 from a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.