UL-Lafayette’s Hilliard honored for musical composition

Quincy Hilliard, composer-in-residence at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, was honored for one his compositions at a Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters at a banquet Saturday.

The Heymann Endowed Professor of Music received an award from the institute for his composition “Kojiki.” Through the use of thunderous drums and percussion instruments, the piece tells the story of a Japanese goddess’ journey through the underworld.

“A lot of my music is programmatic because, as a composer, it allows me to really get involved in storytelling,” Hilliard said in a news release. “I can put the story into the music and let people hear it. They can experience the story through the medium of music.”

The piece was commissioned in 2013 by Augustana College, a private liberal arts school in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.