Hennagin, Michael “Mike”

Michael Hennagin “Mike”

Born: 1936, Oregon
Died: 11 June, 1993

Jeff Bond of Film Score Magazine wrote a biographical article about Michael Hennagin, tracing his youth and his education at the renowned Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, and his subsequent invitation to study under Aaron Copland at the Berkshire Summer Music Festival at Tanglewood. Bond then continues:

….Hennagin embarked on a long and successful career as a university professor and composer of concert music. His oeuvre comprises works for instrumental and vocal solo, chamber ensembles, symphonic band and orchestra, and, by the time of his death in 1993, Hennagin was recognized as one of this country’s leading composers of choral music. He received numerous commissions, as well as many awards, including (among others) the Music Teachers National Association’s National Composer of the Year Award in 1975, a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1976 for a major work for the U.S. Bicentennial (So the World Went Small, for Men’s Chorus and instruments), a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, the University of Oklahoma Regents Award for Superior Creative Activity in 1988, and the ASCAP Standard Award for Performances of serious music for 24 consecutive years. Hennagin made frequent appearances as guest artist and composer, as lecturer and conductor at concerts and workshops across the country, and organized and directed many concerts and music festivals. He retired in the fall of 1991 from the University of Oklahoma as Professor Emeritus of Music, in order to devote full time to composing.

Hennagin’s wife of 21 years, Marijo, told Mr. Bond that Michael died suddenly on June 11, 1993, at the age of 56.

For the full article, read The Real Michael Hennagin Story  from Film Score Monthly (Vol. 7, No. 8) at:

From the 1952 Mar-Ken Yearbook:
Name: Mike Hennagin
Class: Junior
Ambition: Go through college
Special Interest: Music
Suppressed Desire: To see “Candy Corp.” make 3 million
Saying: “Hmmm!”