A. Eric Heukeshoven M.S.

A. Eric Heukeshoven, M.S.

Music - Assistant Professor

Saint Yon's Hall, SY153A    |    Campus Box: #1473
(507) 457-7292   |   eheukesh@smumn.edu

A. Eric Heukeshoven is a first-generation American – the son of a German immigrant father and Scandinavian mother. Heukeshoven holds a B.A. in Music Composition and Theory from the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis and an M.S. 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, and Kevin Dobbe.

Serving in a variety of roles as a member of the music faculty at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota since 1987, Assistant Professor Heukeshoven became director of the Music Industry and Jazz Studies programs in fall of 2012. His teaching duties include composition, arranging, low brass, and jazz piano. He also directs Saint Mary’s Brass Ensembles.

Heukeshoven began his jazz career at the age of 15 when he and a group of like-minded high school friends formed “The Dixie Ramblers” in Moline, Illinois. One year after its inception, the “Ramblers” became the youngest group to ever perform at the prestigious Bix Beiderbecke Festival in Davenport, Iowa. Heukeshoven continued his jazz studies at the University of Minnesota and honed his skills in Boston where he performed regularly with regional small and large jazz ensembles. In 1984, Heukeshoven began a longstanding collaboration with Saint Mary’s previous jazz director Dr. John Paulson. 

As a performer, Heukeshoven has performed with many acclaimed regional, national, and internationally players including guitarist Charlie Byrd, multi-instrumentalist Marc Bernstein, trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, and legendary saxophonist Dave Liebman. Heukeshoven has been twice featured as soloist at the Great River Jazz Festival’s “Pianorama” and worked as pianist for the celebrated Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians. For 15 year, he performed nationally with the Historic Winona Steam Calliope and still performs with renowned Minnesota Music Hall of Fame trumpeter Les Fields. Heukeshoven and his two sons also perform regularly as the H3O Jazz Trio.

Many of Heukeshoven’s published compositions are performed throughout the U.S. and Europe and he is in demand as a jazz musician as well as a composer/arranger.

  • Areas of Expertise

    Music Composition, Music Business, Recording Studio Production, Electronic Music

  • Scholarly & Creative Interests

    Music Composition in a wide variety of genres including:

    Choral, Concert Band, Jazz, Electronic

  • Courses Taught Recently at Saint Mary's

    Experiencing Music

    Ear Training (all sections)

    Various Music Production classes in Studio 'S'

    Low Brass, Jazz Piano, Organ - private instruction

  • Professional Organizations

    American Composers Forum, American Guild of Organists, ASCAP, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

  • Education

    B.A. - Music Composition and Theory
    University of Minnesota / Minneapolis (1978)

    M.S. - Music Technology
    Indiana University - IUPUI (2008)

  • Experience

    1989 - present: Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

    1984 - 1989: College of St. Theresa (adjunct music)

    1978 - present: Studio instructor (piano, organ, low brass) in various locations

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