Charles Ditto is a composer and multi-instrumentalist from Texas whose music has been performed on five continents. The son of a rockabilly guitarist/singer and a church organist, he began learning music early, studying piano, clarinet, and guitar. He received a BM in composition from the University of Houston, graduating magna cum laude.
After relocating to Austin in 1981, Ditto established Ditto Records and Human Symphony Music, and has produced and marketed sixteen albums of original music to date. He worked as a dance class pianist for 16 years at the University of Texas and Ballet Austin. Other performance credits include Walter Hyatt, the Vanguards, Rajamani Gypsy Orchestra, Spencer Starnes, Larry Seyer, Tommy Hill, and Kevin Fowler. He received a MM (1992) and DMA (1998) in composition from the University of Texas/Austin. He was a Copeland Fellow at Amherst College in 1998.
His professional assignments have included commissioned scores for theater and dance for Peter Lobdell (New York and Amherst), the University of Texas, Amherst College, KO Theater Works, Inc., the Sharir Dance Co., Diana Prechter, Holly Williams, Impulso (Mexico), Kenesis, Trio 488, Vernita N’Cognita (New York), and Austin Symphony oboist Ian Davidson. His score for Raving, was selected for performances at the International Michael Chekhov Festival (2005) and the Metropolitan Playhouse (2006) in New York. He was the recipient of the Copeland Fellowship at Amherst College (1998), and was awarded American Music Center’s (New York) Composer Assistance Award in 2007. Dr. Ditto was the National Association of Composers-USA/Texas first-prize winner in 2008, and his music has been selected for publication on the Society of Composers, Inc. CD series on Capstone Records. Additionally, Ditto's music has been released on Summit Kids (distr. by Rounder), Evios Empire, Curious Music, Poison Plant, S4G Records, and Hypertonia World Enterprises Records. In 2009, "Cowboy Minimal," for string quartet and orchestra had its world premiere in Rome and was performed again in Florence. He has published articles on Handel’s clock music and Cuban zarzuela and has presented seminars in Europe, Mexico, and the US.
Ditto currently teaches at the School of Music at Texas State University and is the recipient of College Achievement Awards for Excellence in Scholarly and Creative Activities and twice for Excellence in Teaching.
Curious Music released an MP3 version of Ditto's 1987 release In Human Terms in Summer 2017.