Composer of Very Serious Music

vokas animo

SATB (divisi) and orchestra, in extended Just Intonation approximated by a 72-tone division of the octave.

Commissioned and premiered by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, Jose Luis Gomez, musical director. January 2020.

Tacciono i boschi e i fiumi

SATB divisi, a capella, with soprano solo. Suitable for advanced ensembles.

Commissioned and premiered by the Arizona Repertory Singers under the direction of Dr. Tom Lerew, April 2016.


For solo violin.

Premiered by Rachel Saul, violinist for the Hawai'i Symphony Orchestra, at Temple Emanu-El in Tucson, AZ. April 2018.



Robert Lopez-Hanshaw is a composer and choir conductor from Tucson, Arizona.



Lopez-Hanshaw's style is lyrical and coloristic, exploring extended uses of tonal structures. In earlier works, this took the form of creating a harmonic "grammar" for each piece, using pitch class sets or diatonic fragments. His current interest is in microtonality, which opens up a range of new consonances and dissonances, as well as very tiny motions which can have great melodic and contrapuntal significance.


He has published articles and presented papers on the subject of microtonal pedagogy, especially for choirs. He has an abiding interest in music cognition and the constraints it imposes on composition.

His teachers have included Daniel Asia, Craig Walsh, Pamela Decker, Roshanne Etezady, and Dan Coleman.

His choral and instrumental works have been commissioned and performed by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, the University of Arizona Symphonic Choir, and many other community organizations and religious institutions; as well as soloists such as pianist David Syme (County Cork, Ireland), saxophonist Jeff Siegfried (West Virginia) and violinist Rachel Saul (Hawai'i).

Lopez-Hanshaw is currently the Music Director at Temple Emanu-El in Tucson.

List of Works

and your name is light (2006-07) - 5' - orchestra

Piano Sketch #1 (2007) - 4' - solo piano

breathing / dance among these glowing coals (2007) - 7' (2 mvt) - solo 7-string guitar

In Second Grade Miss Lee I Promised Never To Forget You And I Never Did (2008) - 4' - high voice, piano

The Rune of St Patrick (2009) - 3' - SATB chorus, small folk ensemble

Light of the World (2010) - 4' - SATB chorus, piano, bell choir

Instrument of Peace (2013) - 5' - SATB chorus, piano, English horn

Oseh Shalom (2013) - 1' - TTB trio (arr. 2018 for SATB chorus and piano)

Sim Shalom (2013) - 2' - voice, guitar

Tacciono i boschi e i fiumi (2015) - 5' - SATB chorus, divisi

Candelas, llameen (2016) - 3' - SSAA chorus

S'vivon B'sheva (2016) - 3' - SSAA chorus

Yigdal (2017) - 2' - SATB hymn arrangement

A Bird, came down the Walk (2017) - 2' - SA treble chorus, piano

i carry your heart with me (2017) - 3' - SATB chorus (optional divisi)

Tone Poem #2: Lydia and Bayat (2017) - 5' - orchestra

One Clover, and a Bee (2018) - 2' - SA treble chorus, piano

Fantazio (2018) - 3.5' - solo violin

Melodia Subtilior I (2018) - 2' - solo soprano or alto saxophone, piano

Colorations II (2018) - 4' - SATB chorus, saxophone quartet

Chanukah Cantata (2018) - 50' (18 mvt) - SATB chorus, orchestra, soloists

vokas animo (2019) - 10' - SATB chorus, orchestra

Melodia Subtilior II (2020) - 3' - solo soprano saxophone, piano


Tucson, AZ, USA

©2018-2020 by Robert Lopez-Hanshaw

getting your hands dirty

Performing Microtonal Choral Music, Part 2: Getting Your Hands Dirty (NewMusicBox)

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