A native of northern California, Hermes Camacho recently completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition, studying with Donald Grantham, Yevgeniy Sharlat and Dan Welcher at the The University of Texas at Austin. Previously, Hermes earned degrees at Cal State Long Beach (B.M.) and the University of Colorado at Boulder (M.M.), studying composition with Carolyn Bremer, Robin Cox, Daniel Kellogg, and Richard Toensing, violin with Kimiyo Takeya, and conducting with Akira Endo and Richard Rintoul.. Recent notables include awards from SCI, ASCAP, the ArtsAha! Festival (Omaha, Nebraska), 60×60, the Dallas Wind Symphony, and the Texas String Project, participation in the Music06 and Music08 Festivals, selection for GAMMA-UT 2008, and commissioning support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Vermont Arts Council. In the spring of 2009, his Caprices for 2 flutes were taken on tour throughout the United States and Australia. In the fall of 2011, his work, Quartet for Violin, Viola, and 2 Cellos, was premiered by the Hague String Variations in Holland.
For the 2005-2006 season, he served as Composer-in-Residence with the Boulder Youth Symphony Society and was a 2008 Composer Fellow at the Chamber Music Conference of the East in Bennington, Vermont. Hermes was also a Visiting Composer at Northwest Vista College in San Antonio, Texas in March 2010 and has served as a judge for the Iron Composer Competition at George Fox University (Oregon, 2009) and for the MTNA Southwest Regional composition competition (2010). He has also participated in several masterclasses, most notably with John Adams, William Bolcom, Steve Reich, Susan Botti, Derek Bermel, Donald Crockett, Jennifer Higdon, and Augusta Read Thomas.
Recently, Hermes was the Composer-in-Residence at Winthrop University (Rock Hill, SC), where the Symphonic Band premiered Madden. In June 2012, served on the faculty of the Summer Music Festival at Southwestern College, located in Winfield, Kansas.
Every summer, Hermes serves on the faculty of the Sacramento Youth Symphony Chamber Music Workshop, as conductor and chamber music coach, where he inaugurated an annual visiting composer program in 2009. He was also an assistant instructor at UT from 2007-2011 and served on the composition committee for both GAMMA-UT and the CLUTCH New Music Series. Currently, he teaches wind ensemble and music theory with Austin Soundwaves, an El-Sistema based music program in East Austin, Texas. He is also co-director of Sonorous, a conducted chamber ensemble that specializes in performances of chamber masterworks of the past and present and teaches music theory at the Austin Chamber Music Center.
Hermes and his wife Jaclyn live in Austin with their son, Charlie, and spends his spare time following the ups and downs of the San Francisco Giants, 49ers and Sacramento Kings, as well as the Big 12 Conference, enjoying a good barbecue, or endlessly harassing their cats, Mango and Nigel. He also spends too much time golfing.