Born in Massachusetts and raised in Vermont, Hurley attended classes with Nadia Boulanger at the American Conservatory at Fontainbleau, France, earned a master’s degree from the Eastman School of Music and a doctoral degree from Indiana University’s School of Music, in composition. She has taught at Indiana University, was the resident composer for seven years at the Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan and she currently composes and maintains a private teaching studio in Los Angeles.
Performed throughout the United States, Hurley has been published by Ludwig Music and commissioned by the Sage City Symphony, the New Calliope Singers and numerous individual artists. She has been a composer-in-residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Lawrence University and in New York with Meet-the-Composer grants. Her Wind River Songs have been released by Capstone Records and the choral work Vermont Poems on the Finnadar label. Hurley’s recent theatrical work includes the one-act chamber opera ANAÏS, about the life of writer Anaïs Nin, and “richly evocative” music [L.A.Weekly, 4/03] for TROJAN WOMEN. Her commercial music credits include WHISKEY RIDDLES, SOAPY SOAPY SAMBA, HERE DIES ANOTHER DAY starring John Randolph, THE ORGAN GRINDER starring Tom Jane, THE LAST STAND, narrated by Ed Asner, Monette’s Yoga Videos (www.terra-ent.com), Vazquez’ MindRest Meditations (www.mindrest.com) and the audio book of ALICE’S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND narrated by Harry Shearer with Vinessa Shaw, Michael York, Malcolm McDowell, Elliott Gould, et al. (www.kcrw.org/alice) Her recent projects include the ambient clavichord CD SOFT SOUNDS and her work in progress, a large-scale opera entitled ORACLES.