Introduction

Music is everywhere. In my compositions, I look for opportunities to bring new music to the world, wherever and whenever possible.

Biography

A. Eric Heukeshoven [pronounced Hoy-kes-ho-ven] (b. 1956) is a first generation American – son of a German immigrant father and Scandinavian mother. Heukeshoven holds a BA in Music Composition and Theory from the University of Minnesota/Minneapolis and an MS in Music Technology from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. His mentors include Dominick Argento, Paul Fetler, Frank Bencriscutto, Tom Root, Erik Stokes, Kevin Dobbe, and John Paulson.

As Assistant Professor of Music at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (Winona), Heukeshoven directs the Music Industry and Jazz programs. He teaches composition, arranging, low brass, organ, and jazz piano. He also serves as director of Saint Mary's state-of-the-art Studio 'S' and directs various brass ensembles. Many of Heukeshoven's compositions are performed throughout the U.S. and in Europe and he is in demand as a jazz pianist and trombonist as well as a composer/arranger.

He is a member of the American Composers Forum, Sigma Alpha Iota Composers Bureau, ASCAP, American Guild of Organists, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (Eta Nu chapter).

Numerous choral and instrumental works by Heukeshoven are published by Alliance Publications, Inc.: http://www.apimusic.org.

Heukeshoven lives in Winona, MN with his wife Janet. They have two sons, Hans and Max, and one large cat.

Describe your music

2020
• TafelJazz Project - Recording of original jazz compositions written for various venues and occasions since the early 1990s. With H3OJazz Trio, Dr. John Paulson, and Dr. John Sievers (May 2020 - Tentative)

Alma Mater Reflections - Soundtrack for Saint Mary's University of MN Easter video based on Alma Mater by Patrick Michael O'Shea.

• "My Music Reaches to the Sky" - Concert Band with solo flute. Based on original Chippewa themes collected by Frances Densmore (Red Wing, MN) in the early 1900s. Commissioned by Minnesota Ambassadors of Music for their 2020 European tour. (Originally scheduled for July 2020.  Premiere postponed due to COVID-19.)

2019
• "Mister Santa" - SSAA + small jazz ensemble. Composed and performed by Jazz at Saint Mary's based on the original recording of "Mr. Santa" by The Chordettes. (Dec. 2019)

"Merry.Happy.Tubas" - Tuba/Euphonium Quartet. Commissioned by the Above Average Tuba Quartet "to celebrate  the memory of our friend Jerry Gruepner". (Dec. 2019)

• "Duck, Duck …" - Jazz Trio + vocal. Composed for the H3O Jazz Trio's performance of "H3O Meets Chaplin". Rochester City Jazz Festival (Nov. 2019)

• "My Music Reaches to the Sky" - Concert Band with solo flute. Based on original Chippewa themes collected by Frances Densmore (Red Wing, MN) in the early 1900s. Commissioned by Minnesota Ambassadors of Music for their 2020 European tour. (Piano reduction July 2019)

• “Father Forgive” -  SATB choir with solo flute. Based on the "Coventry Litany of Reconciliation". Composed in honor of the Saint Mary's University of MN Chamber Singers' 2019 International Tour  (March 2019)

2018
• “Fanfare for Hope” -  Concert Band fanfare commissioned for the inauguration of Father James Burns, IVD, Ph.D, 14th President of Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (October 2018)
• “Birdie’s Favorite” - Duet for Piccolo and Euphonium with Concert Band. Commissioned for the Minnesota Ambassadors of Music 2018 European Tour.  (Concert Band edition - July 2018)
• “Honneur à Toi” - Recessional edition commissioned in honor of the final commencement of Brother William Mann, FSC - Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.  (Concert Band - May 2018)
• “Almost Spring” - Original Jazz composition for piano, vibraphone, and upright bass. Composed in honor of the premiere performance of the H3O Jazz Trio at Midwest Music Fest.  (April 2018)

2017
• "MPE" - an improvised composition created for the 2017 La Crosse (WI) New Music Festival. Multidimensional Polyphonic Expression (MPE) is a recent MIDI development providing electronic musicians with an unprecidented level of musical expression. For MPE, Heukeshoven combines a Roli Seaboard instrument with a Boss RC-505 Loop Station to demonstrate the wide range of expression this new technology offers. (Nov. 2017)
"Joyful Noise" - Choir anthem based on Psalm 100 with congregational refrain for Centennial year. Commissioned by Faith Lutheran Church of Winona, MN (October 2017)
• “Birdie’s Favorite” - Duet for Piccolo and Euphonium with Concert Band. Commissioned for the Minnesota Ambassadors of Music 2018 European Tour. (Piano reduction August 2017)
• Accepted as member of Sigma Alpha Iota Composers Bureau (May 2017)

2016
• "PRAISE!" - Sixth and final work for the 2015-2016 Faith Partners Composer-in-Residence program. SATB Choir, "Horns", "Winds", "Drums", "Cymbals", Dancers. - Premiered by both English Lutheran and First Congregational UCC of La Crosse (Oct./Nov. 2016)
• “Song of Mission” (God is Still Speaking) - Fifth work for the 2015-2016 Faith Partners Composer-in-Residence program. SATB Choir, Soprano Soloist, Horn Soloist, piano accompaniment. First Congregational United Church of Christ, La Crosse, WI (September 2016)
• "Duo Concertanté, Op. 55" - Duet for Piccolo and Euphonium with Concert Band. Commissioned for the Minnesota Ambassadors of Music 2016 European Tour
• “Incline Our Hearts” - Fourth work for the 2015-2016 Faith Partners Composer-in-Residence program. SATB Choir, Jazz Trio -. English Lutheran Church, La Crosse, WI (May 2016)
• “Goin’ to Jerusalem” - Third work for the 2015-2016 Faith Partners Composer-in-Residence program. SATB Choir, Jazz Quartet, & Spoken Word. First Congregational United Church of Christ, La Crosse, WI (March 2016)

2015
“playthis” - Suite for Five Flutes composed with software created at the 2015 Workshop in Algorithmic Computer Music (WACM). First performance at University of Wisconsin/La Crosse New Music Festival by “Flutistry”. Nov 2015
• “For All the Saints” - First collaborative composition for the 2015-2016 Faith Partners program. Performances at English Lutheran and First Congregational Churches, La Crosse, WI. Oct./Nov. 2015
• “Mr. Colburn’s Miracle: An Audience Guide to the Municipal Band” - Commissioned in celebration of the 100th year of the Winona Municipal Band. Premiered in August 2015
“Let the Light Shine Out of Darkness” - First work for the 2015-2016 Faith Partners Composer-in-Residence program. English Lutheran Church, La Crosse, WI. May 2015.
• "Zwei Kleine Füße", a privately commissioned song for baptism, premiered in Cologne, Germany. (March 2015)

2014
• “Exaltation Triptych” - A three movement suite commissioned by the Winona Brass Band for their 20th anniversary celebration. (May 2014)
• “And They Have Lies” - choral commission for La Crosse Chamber Chorale's "Words to Music" program. (9th commission in this program - November 2014)

2013
• Four new “Flexi-land” arrangements commissioned for Winona State University’s 9th Annual Dixieland Jazz Workshop.
“Chimes Blues”, “Dixie Knows”, “Honey Babe”, “Melancholy” (June 2013)

2012
• "Mr. Magic" (by Grover Washington, Jr.) new arrangement premiered on the 2012 Jazz Meets Magic Tour by Saint Mary's University Jazz Combo I in Cologne, Germany - March 2012
• Four new “Flexi-land” arrangements commissioned for Winona State University’s 8th Annual Dixieland Jazz Workshop.
“Buddy Bolden’s Blues”, “Creole Love Call”, “Lulu’s Back in Town”, “Tom Cat Blues” (June 2012)
• “Centennial Suite” – three movement work commissioned in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota. Featured in “Let Us Remember” – a collaborative work incorporating theatre, dance, and music depicting the history of Saint Mary’s. (November 2012)
• “Three Diverse Fantasies for Solo Piccolo” selected for lecture/performance at the La Crosse (WI) New Music Festival (Nov. 2012)

2011
• "Just Believe" choral commission for La Crosse Chamber Chorale's "Words to Music" program. (8th commission in this program - November 2011)
• Selected as inaugural member of the Composer Teaching Artist Training Program developed by the American Composers Forum. (August 2011)
• "Strollin' Down the Lane" 4th commission for the Winona State University Dixieland Jazz Workshop - Dr. Rich MacDonald, director (June 2011)
• "Preghiera Semplice" for SATB choir - winner of first annual Morningside College Choral Competition - April 2011.
• "Preghiera Semplice" for SATB choir - commissioned by Saint Mary's University of Minnesota Chamber Singers for 2011 Spring tour. Premieres in March 2011 at Basilica of St. Francis - Assisi and St. Peter's Basilica - Vatican City.

2010
• "Honneur a Toi" for SATB choir with piano accompaniment. Premiered at Founder's Day convocation, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (March 2010)
• "The Elephant and the Flea" - new optional cadenza edition commissioned for European tour - Minnesota Ambassadors of Music (July 2010)
• "Music and Other Sounds for Horn Soloist" - selected for performance at the La Crosse (WI) New Music Festival (November 2010)

2009
• "Sugarloaf Joys" 3rd commission for the Winona State University Dixieland Jazz Workshop - Dr. Rich MacDonald, director (June 2009)
• "The Elephant and the Flea" new arrangement for Tuba/Euphonium and Piccolo with Concert Band premiered by the Winona Municipal Band - Dr. Richard Lindner, conductor (July 2009)
• "The Chief" commissioned by William Neil for the final event of his McKnight Fellowship residency in Winona, MN. "The Chief", set for narrator, flute, clarinet, 'cello, and narrator is based on a poem by James Armstrong. (October 2009)
• "In Der Hand", a privately commissioned song for baptism, premiered in Cologne, Germany. (October 2009)

2008
• "Honneur a Toi" for Concert Band - Commissioned for the inauguration of Brother William Mann, FSC, 13th President of Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
• "Things Things Things You Love" choral commission from La Crosse Chamber Chorale's "Words to Music" program. (7th commission in this program)
• "Time / Machine" - self-contained, computer-based interactive multimedia installation. Exhibited in the Lillian Davis Hogan Galleries at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota (Winona).
• Featured pianist at Great River Jazz Festival, LaCrosse, Wisconsin (several original jazz composition performed)

2007
• "Johnson Street Blues", 2nd commission for the Winona State University Jazz Dixieland Workshop - Dr. Rich MacDonald, director
• "The Elephant and the Flea" for Tuba and Steam Calliope featured as part of special summer programming at the Henderson Cultural Center at Hunt Hill Farm - New Milford, CT.

2006
• "Pathway of Life", choral commission from La Crosse Chamber Chorale's "Words to Music" program. (6th commission in this program.)
• Several new jazz works included on CD "Way Out", with Dr. John Paulson and members of the "Way Out" band. (Available on iTunes or CDBaby. com.)
• "Initialization" selected for publication in "The Saxophone Journal" (Dorn Publications) in collaboration with "eBand" and Dr. John Paulson of Saint Mary's University.

2005
• Commissioned to compose a concert fanfare for the inauguration ceremony the 12th president of Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
• Arrangement of "I Love Paris" featured in performances by Saint Mary's University jazz group on tour in France. (Including a date at "Le Petit Journal" jazz club in Paris!)
• "Woodshed Stomp", commissioned for the Winona State University Dixieland Jazz Workshop - Dr. Rich MacDonald, director

2004
• "Sea Turtle: A Journey", choral commission from La Crosse Chamber Chorale's "Words to Music" program. (5th commission in this program.) Featured on Wisconsin Public Radio - November 2004.
• "Elephant and the Fly" (arranged for Concert Band 1998) featured on European tour by Minnesota Ambassadors of Music

2003
• "Freedom Smells So Good", choral commission from La Crosse Chamber Chorale's "Words to Music" program. (4th commission in this program.)
• Commissioned to arrange Franz Biebl's "Ave Maria" for the Sheldon Theatre Brass Band of Red Wing, MN
• Commissioned and performed "The Elephant and the Flea" for Tuba and Steam Calliope at the 2003 Barnum Festival in Bridgeport, CT
• Commissioned to arrange SMU "Alma Mater" for Concert Band & Choir

2002
• Works chosen for MNArtists.org "5 Minutes of Fame" webcast

2001
* "Shooting Star", choral commission from La Crosse Chamber Chorale's "Words to Music" program. (3rd commission in this program.)

2000
• Music selected for Sonic Circuits International Music Festival

1999
• "Song of the River", choral commission from La Crosse Chamber Chorale's "Words to Music" program. (2nd commission in this program.)

1997
• "Different Eyes, Different Sights", choral commission from La Crosse Chamber Chorale's "Words to Music" program. (First commission in this program.)

(Complete repertoire list available on request.)