Hello! I'm composer Hans Stiritz. I compose original scores for film and theater, as well as performance music ranging from art song and chamber pieces to full orchestral works.
My music production company, Musikhaus, provided scoring and sound design services to commercial producers across the country from 1988 to 2005, but I officially discontinued business as Musikhaus in 2006.
While still providing music scoring services for select projects, I've become more directly involved in producing, editing and directing film/video projects.
To that end, I hope you'll pop over to the web site for my new company: Evening Films. I'm still working on content for the site, but further news about current projects will start to go up over there.
As always, if you'd like to hear some of my music or sample some of the video work I've been producing, I'll be happy to send samples on CD/DVD. I can also direct you to music/video clips that you can access on-line. Go to Evening Films for contact information to let me know what you're looking for.
Eventually most of this site will migrate to the Evening Films site, but for now I'll leave the links listed to the left and older project news below. Thanks for coming by!
Ducky already visited the great Northwest, screening at the Port Townsend (Washington) Film Festival in September, and we also had nice screening at the T Tauri Film Festival in July. Thanks Peter, Jim, Bob and Judy! We're still waiting to hear from some more festivals, and hope to have information on additional screenings soon. Drop us a note at the e-mail link in the side bar for more information or, if you've seen "Ducky!", let us know what you thought about our latest short.
"Before" in 2006
My short film, "Before," had two more screenings last year: at the Fayetteville (Arkansas) Public Library for their First Look Film Series on April 2, 2006, and at the Gem Theater in Heber Springs, Arkansas on May 13, 2006. Visit the "Before" web page for details.
We're completing the DVD mastering on a video profile for Bread For Life, an indigenous Christian relief and evangelistic ministry in West Africa. Look for the DVD, to include the video profile and several special features, to be ready for distribution by Bread For Life in 2007.
I spent two weeks shooting miniDV (Panasonic DVX-100) for the project in Cameroon in January 2005. Here's an on-line journal of the trip (photos too): www.bflvideo.blogspot.com.
"Twelve Christmases" produced by Thomason
In December 2004, I composed and produced the music score for twelve wonderful stories on a new audio CD entitled "Twelve Christmases." Written and narrated by Danny Thomason and produced by Harry Thomason ("Designing Women"), "Twelve Christmases" is a collection of childhood memories of Christmas-time in the small town South. It was a real pleasure living with these heartwarming memories of Christmas past for several days while creating the music score for this production.
Quartet premiere on Nashville radio
On November 30, 2004, members of the Nashville chamber music group, Alias, premiered one movement of the new string quartet arrangement of my music suite from "The Height of the Sky." The performance was broadcast live on WPLN's "Live in Studio C."
"Sanctuary" live on WPLN
On May 25, 2004, my chamber piece "Sanctuary" was performed live on Nashville public radio. WPLN's "Live in Studio C" featured the musical works of several local/regional composers performed by Nashville chamber music group, Alias. Thanks to Rolin Mains of the Nashville Composers Association and Will Griffin, the host of "Live in Studio C," for presenting a great program of new music.
The music was expertly performed by Zeneba Bowers on violin, Chris Stenstrom on cello, and Rolin Mains on piano - thanks for a great performance!
2004 Artist Fellowship from the Arkansas Arts Council
I was recently awarded a 2004 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Arkansas Arts Council for acheivement in music composition. The grant was presented at the Governor's Arts Awards luncheon on October 28, 2003.
clean water music for NETA
With funding from the EPA, the National Environmental Training Association of Phoenix, AZ created three films in 2002 and 2003, which I scored, for their Drinking Water Academy series. Over the past few years, I've had the pleasure of composing and producing music for several in this series of training films for water system operators. Producer Pam Chase of Oklahoma City wrangled the productions to completion.
"The Height of the Sky" Suite returns
On June 29, 2002, the Conway Symphony Orchestra performed the three movement orchestral suite of music that I composed for Lyn Clinton's 1999 debut feature film, "The Height of the Sky." John Roscigno, newly appointed orchestra director at California State University, Northridge, conducted.
My trio for violin, cello and piano, entitled "Sanctuary," premiered in concert April 8, 2002 at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Lin Chang (violin), Kristin Smith (cello), and Tim Smith (piano) performed the piece.
Also on the program was my art song "Bridges" (text by Anna Stiritz), performed by Dr. Bob Boury and Cheryl Carruth.
Delta blues in "America!" on the Hallmark Channel
In September 2001, my music was used in an episode of "America!," a documentary series featuring profiles of the people that make America great. The two tracks, a Delta blues cut and Memphis blues track, featured the outstanding guitar work of Keith Lynch, with Pat Lindsey assisting on drums. Thanks guys for making me sound good!
The series airs on the Hallmark Channel (I didn't see the show myself... does anybody actually get the Hallmark Channel on their system?).