Heuser, David

David Heuser’s music has been hailed as “all-American music at its most dynamic and visceral” (Houston Chronicle), “thoughtful, beautiful and wonderfully made” (San Antonio Express-News), and “just the sort of music classical music needs more of” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette).

David Heuser began composing almost immediately after his first piano lessons at the age of seven, writing short tunes in imitation of the exercises he was studying. He continued to write music throughout his childhood, including works for piano, chorus, wind ensemble, as well as songs for the rock bands he was in. After high school, he attended the Eastman School of Music and then the Indiana University School of Music, where he received his doctorate degree in music composition in 1995. A native of New Jersey, Heuser resided in San Antonio for 14 years, where he was a Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio teaching music composition and theory, and electronic music. Since 2011, he has been the Associate Dean of the Crane School of Music in Potsdam, New York.

Heuser's music has been performed by various groups and individuals, and on festivals and conferences, throughout the United States and abroad, has won various grants and awards. He has received commissions from organizations such as the San Antonio Symphony, the New York Youth Symphony, the SOLI Chamber Ensemble, the Indiana University New Music Ensemble, the AURA Contemporary Ensemble, the McNay Art Museum, the Cactus Pear Music Festival and the Texas Music Festival Orchestra.

Heuser’s music is published by Non Sequitur Music and works of his can be found on recordings on the Albany, Capstone, and Equilibrium labels. Heuser is also a founding member of the Composers Alliance of San Antonio (CASA). He is currently working on a book about popular song form. For more, see www.davidheuser.com.

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