People / Cortland Hultberg

Composer, educator, conductor. Cortland Hultberg was born in Chicago on September 5, 1931. He received a Bachelor of Science from Northern Illinois University (1953), a Masters of Science from the University of Illinois (1954), and a Masters of Music from Arizona State University (1958), where he studied under Robert McBried and Andrew Buchhauser. He conducted army bands in Illinois during the mid-1950s and taught at Arizona State University for a year. Hultberg immigrated to Canada in 1959, after accepting a position at the University of British Columbia. He was made director of the Electronic Music Studio in 1965 and served as a professor of theory and composition from 1970 to 1993. He founded and conducted the University of British Columbia Chamber Singers as well as the chamber choir Phoenix, which he directed from 1983 to 1995. Hultberg was the recipient of the University of British Columbia’s Master Teaching Award, after being nominated by his students. He passed away in 2002.