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Skyler Hagner is a composer, arranger, woodwind player, and educator. Originally from Guilford CT, Skyler is a graduate of Temple University with a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Performance. Skyler now resides in New Jersey working on a masters in jazz composition and arranging at William Paterson University. Skyler had the opportunity to study with Jim McNeely, Tim Warfield, and Norman David.
Under Dr. David’s influence, Skyler began composing and arranging. Passion for composition lead Skyler to score the 2015 production of the play “For Colored Girls” in Philadelphia, a series of works for jazz ensemble with a speaker, as well as the creation of the Skyler Hagner Quintet and Octet. In 2017 Skyler was accepted to BMI's Jazz Composer's Workshop, a prestigious community of likeminded arrangers based in NYC. Skyler has written for the BMI Jazz Composer’s Orchestra, Wesleyan Flute Fest Orchestra, and the William Patterson Big Band among other ensembles.
As an educator, Skyler has been an adjunct professor of woodwinds at the University of New Haven. Students of his private studio have been accepted to music programs at Hartt, Wesconn, and CMEA festivals. He has conducted masterclasses for programs such as Marquette Park in Chicago and the Screamin’ Eagles in Connecticut.
As a musician Skyler has performed or recorded with: Michael Feinstein and the Michael Feinstein Big Band, Waterbury CT Symphony Orchestra & Pops, Lil Kim, Bobby Rydell, Norman David and The Eleventet, Ray Drummond, Andy Bey, Hailey Reinhart, Jeremy Pelt, Wayne Escoffery, Robin Eubanks, Daud El-Bakara, Jack Wright, Adam Vidiksis, Nicholas Isherwood, Puzzlebox, Donn Trenner, The Shoreline Jazz Collective, The Hartford Jazz Orchestra, The Jack Saint Clair Jazz Orchestra, and the Temple University Big Band, among others.
Skyler has appeared at the following venues or festivals around the United States and abroad: Barclay Center, Wilmington DE Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, Philadelphia Center City Jazz Festival, Litchfield Jazz Festival, SEAMUS, New Music Gathering 2016, Hot Steamed Jazz Festival, Great CT Traditional Jazz Festival, Minton’s Playhouse, The Kimmel Center, M WOODS Museum, Arden Theater, The Painted Bride Performing Arts Center, The Barnes Foundation, Chris Jazz Café, Plays and Players Theater, The Tropicana, The Mariam Theater, The Mascher Space and many others.