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Paul Frederick Hanna, DMA


Paul Hanna


College of Arts and Sciences
Fine & Performing Arts
Musical Theatre
LECA - Lied Education Center for the Arts

Paul Frederick Hanna, DMA


Frederick Hanna is Professor of Music and former Chair of the Fine and Performing Arts Department (2006-2016) at Creighton University where he conducts the Creighton University Symphonic Band and University Symphony Orchestra.   Dr. Hanna holds degrees from the University of Arkansas, Northwestern University and the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston.  Premieres of his first three symphonies took place on the Creighton campus and he has conducted the first two in China at the Nanjing University of the Arts, Nanjing, China.  He recently completed his Fourth Symphony, commissioned for the 2,500-year anniversary of Yangzhou, China, as well as his Fifth Symphony, dedicated to the People of Tibet.  Additionally, Hanna recently composed "A Creighton Exhibition" celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Fine & Performing Arts Department at Creighton University and his "Processus de Facundia-March No. 2" for the ceremony inaugurating the Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, S.J., Ph.D., as 25th president of Creighton University, and also premiered "An Ignatian Saga" about the life and travels of Saint Ignatius.  His compositions are available exclusively from Aux Arcs Music, Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Teaching Interests

  • Band


Fine & Performing Arts



Music Scores

  • 'Ignatian Portrait' is a musical adaption of the life of St. Ignatius. 2017
  • A Creighton Exhibition for Full Orchestra Spring 2014 The inspiration for this piece is 5-6 separate pieces of art created by Creighton studio art faculty members. I composed a six to eight minute movement for each piece of art which culminates in a 35-40 minute composition. The exhibition of the artwork will take place in the Fall of 2015 with the performance of the music composition immediately afterwards. 2015
  • Symphony No. 3 for Full Orchestra (Beijing Symphony) Spring 2014 This is the third symphony commissioned by the Asian World Center (on campus). I composed the work based upon my experiences while in Beijing having traveled there twice already. 2014
  • Theme & Variations for Symphonic Band Spring 2014 I composed this variations on the Christmas tune ‘The Little Drummer Boy. 2014
  • Symphony No. 4 for Full Orchestra In Process (The Grand Canal) This commission was awarded from the Vice-President of Yangzhou University in celebration of the city of Yangzhou, China and their 2,500-year Anniversary to be celebrated in April, 2015.