Ralph Hultgren

Bachelor of Arts (UQ) Master of Arts – Research (QUT), PhD

Ralph Hultgren resides in Newmarket, Queensland, with his wife Julie and two of his five children. His professional music career has spanned a number of decades and includes work as a trumpet player, composer, conductor and teacher.

Mr Hultgren is currently Head of Open Conservatorium at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University where he provides academic and artistic leadership to the Young Conservatorium, conducts the Queensland Conservatorium Wind Orchestra, and lectures in conducting and instrumental music education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Mr Hultgren's conducting credits include the direction of musicals, operettas, studio recordings for radio, television and disc, and the concert stage. He has premiered a number of his own works in Australian and internationally and conducted widely across Australia, the Asia Pacific region and the United States of America.

Mr Hultgren is a founding member of the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors' Association, and a member of the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles. He has lead ABODA as national president and twice as state president and was awarded life membership of ABODA in 1998. In 2000 he became the recipient of the Citation of Excellence, the Australian Band & Orchestra Directors' Association's highest honour. He is also the recipient of the 2005 Midwest Clinic International Award presented by the Board of Directors of the Midwest Clinic in recognition of his international contributions to music education. In 2009 Mr Hultgren was honoured by being made ‘Patron of the Maryborough Music Conference', Australia's largest music education event. That honour is the most prestigious accolade given by Education Queensland for significant contributions to music education in the state.

Since commencing his composition life he has written works that span the broad spectrum of performance, from educational and amateur performing groups to the professional studio and stage. Outside of his musical endeavours, Mr Hultgren is an avid reader and the leader of his church Men's Fellowship.


Composer's Works

Title Music Style Level
Rejoice Concert Band
That I May Love Concert Band
Koalan Can Can, The String & Full Orchestra 1.5
Australia's National Songs Concert Band 2.5
Young Master's Concert, The Concert Band 0.5
April 25th 1915 Concert Band 1.5
Debut Concert, The Concert Band 0.5
Australian Rhapsody, An Concert Band 4
Simple Song String & Full Orchestra 2
Arachnophobia Concert Band 5
Intrepid Concert Band 2
Kookaburra Patrol, The Concert Band 1.5
Swingin’ / Camptown Races Flex Band 1; 1.5; 2
Festal Intrada Concert Band 3
Serious Song / Jingle Bells Flex Band 1; 1.5; 2
Hornet's Nest, The Concert Band 4
Queensland Set, A String & Full Orchestra 3
Bushdance Concert Band 5
Cinque Quattro Alla Marcia Concert Band 2
Walkabout Concert Band 2
With Trumpets Sounding Concert Band 1
Anthem of Praise Concert Band 3
Joyful Noise Concert Band 3
Gone Troppo String & Full Orchestra 1.5
Overture Spiritoso Concert Band 3
Playful Platypus String & Full Orchestra 2
With Flags Unfurled Concert Band 1
Jessie's Well Concert Band 3
Trolls Concert Band 1
With All thy Might Concert Band 2
Three Moon Concert Band 3
Deeds not Words Concert Band 1
Masada Concert Band 5
Botany Bay / Rock My Soul Flex Band 1; 1.5; 2
Pacific Preamble Concert Band 4.5
Cantabile Concert Band 1
Elementary Aussie Anthems Concert Band 1
Gladiator Concert Band 1
Star of the Sea Concert Band 2
In Celebration Concert Band 2.5
Scherzino Sinfonica Concert Band 4
Gone Troppo Concert Band 1.5
Legend Concert Band 3
Majestic Matilda Concert Band 3
Legend String & Full Orchestra 3
Song For A Bonnie Bairn Concert Band 2
Gateway to the Alps Concert Band 3
Eden's Coast and the Sea Concert Band 3
Kookaburra Patrol, The String & Full Orchestra 1.5
Concert Prelude Concert Band 4
Australia's National Songs String & Full Orchestra 2.5
Republica Concert Band 3
High Country Concert Band 3
Iron Gate, The Concert Band 2.5
Simple Song Concert Band 1.5