Stephen Heinemann

Professor, Music Theory, Composition, Clarinet

Constance Hall 318


Dr. Stephen Heinemann teaches second-year and upper-division music theory courses and private lessons in composition and clarinet, and is music director of the new-music ensemble Peoria Lunaire. In 2009, he received the Slane College Faculty Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching.

He is a member of the Peoria Symphony Orchestra with which he plays clarinet and E-flat clarinet. An ardent jazz musician, he plays alto and soprano saxophones with the Todd Kelly Quintet, for which he has composed a number of pieces, and is lead alto saxophonist with the Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra. He has performed at the jazz festivals of Vienne (France), Montreux and Brienz (Switzerland), and Umbria and Tuscany (Italy).

Dr. Heinemann's compositions have been performed in North America and Europe; a notable recent premiere was in Minneapolis (November 2009) of Metropassacaglia, composed for the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and its conductor, William Schrickel. (Metropassacaglia received its Illinois premiere on Jan. 14, 2012 by the Peoria Symphony Orchestra.)

His music-theoretical writings have been published in Music Theory Spectrum, Mitteilungen der Paul Sacher Stiftung, and other journals, and he wrote the program booklets for two CDs released by Cedille Records (Early Chamber Music of Elliott Carter and Clarinet Chamber Music by Hindemith). In the winter and spring of 2000, he did research in the Pierre Boulez and Elliott Carter Collections at the Paul Sacher Foundation in Basel, Switzerland, which awarded him a fellowship for this work. He is a contributing author of Elliott Carter Studies (Marguerite Boland and John Link, editors), forthcoming in the summer of 2012 fromCambridge University Press.

He is on the editorial board of iSCI, the online journal of the Society of Composers, Inc., and is an editor of CUR Quarterly, the journal of the Council on Undergraduate Research.  He was among the first councilors with the Council on Undergraduate Research to represent a background in the arts.

He received the Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts degrees in composition from San Francisco State University and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in composition from the University of Washington. His principal teachers in San Francisco were composer Roger Nixon, clarinetist Donald Carroll, and saxophonists John Handy and James Matheson, and in Seattle were composer/clarinetist William O. Smith and music theorists Jonathan W. Bernard and John Rahn. His own students have continued their studies in highly regarded graduate programs and distinguished themselves in performance and academia.