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Hardin, Clif (1955-)

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Clif HardinClif Hardin was born in 1955 and has lived in the Washington, DC area most of his life. He and his wife, Jan, are the proud parents of three daughters. Clif Hardin is a composer, conductor and pianist who as served as the Director of Music at River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation since 1983. Clif finds life’s greatest meanings through writing music, experiencing music with others, running, and most of all, being with his family.

Clif has taught at Montgomery College and has been involved in many Washington area theater productions. He holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory of Music (piano performance, studying with Peter Takacs), the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University (MM in choral conducting, studying with Samuel Jones), and completed his doctorate in choral studies at the University of Maryland (working with Paul Traver). He also served as pianist and conductor of Singers for all Seasons, the outreach chorus of the Choral Arts Society of Washington, Norman Scribner, conductor.

Clif Hardin is currently working full-time as Music Director at River Road Unitarian Church in Bethesda, Maryland where he recently celebrated his 20th anniversary in 2003. The highly accomplished adult and children’s choirs at River Road have been an inspiration to him and have provided a wonderful opportunity for his development as a conductor and composer. Highlights of his compositions include Requiem and Look to this Day!