The College of Arts and Architecture

Alex Heppelmann

Alex Heppelman

Note: Alex Heppelman is teaching composition for the spring 2018 semester in place of Professor Paul Barsom, who is on leave.

The music of composer Alex Heppelmann is performed on the concert stage throughout the United States. It includes a wide range of musical styles, from contemporary classical, to jazz and film. His compositions for the concert stage range from large ensemble works to small chamber and vocal pieces.

As a jazz pianist and saxophonist, Alex has performed throughout the country. At Penn State, Alex was the President of the Jazz Educators, as well as the Penn State Jazz Festival director from 2009-10. He received the 2011 Marjorie Jane Brewster Memorial Scholarship in Music at Penn State, and was among the finalists for the 2014 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards. In 2015-16, Alex taught composition at the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a basic musicianship lab for second year undergraduate music majors. In 2017, he was a recipient of the Roy Crane award for his opera, Cry Wolf. Alex has also worked as music copyist for the MirĂ³ String Quartet, based in Austin, Texas.

Alex received a bachelor’s degree in music composition from The Pennsylvania State University in 2011, and master’s and doctorate degrees in composition from The University of Texas at Austin. His composition teachers include Paul Barsom, Donald Grantham, Dan Welcher, Russell Pinkston, Yevgeniy Sharlat, and John Mills.