A. Eric Heukeshoven, M.S.
Music - Assistant Professor
Saint Yon's Hall, SY153A |
Campus Box: #1473
(507) 457-7292 | firstname.lastname@example.org
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.