Professor Hoag (PhD University of Iowa; MM.Redlands University; BM University of Iowa), taught composition and graduate courses in 20th-century music theory and also directed the New Music Ensemble. He has written for a wide variety of media ranging from orchestra, chorus, and massed trombone choir to chamber music and songs. He has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, ASCAP Standard Awards, and an intra-University professorship at the University of Kansas. His music has been performed by the Kansas City Symphony, the Oklahoma City Symphony, the Warsaw National Philharmonic, the Topeka Symphony, the Verdehr Trio, and the Dale Warland Singers. He has had residencies at the Millay and the MacDowell artist colonies.