The music of Alex Heppelmann has been performed on the concert stage throughout the United States. His music explores a wide range of genres and styles, from pieces for chamber and large ensembles, to works for theatre, opera, film, and jazz. He was the recipient of the 2011 Marjorie Jane Brewster Memorial Scholarship in Music, the 2017 Roy Crane Award in the Performing Arts, the University of Texas Graduate Continuing Fellowship from 2016-2017, and was a finalist for the 2014 ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards.
Recent commissions include his chamber octet, Moro, Lasso (2015), which premiered at the inaugural Tetractys New Music Concert Series in Austin, Texas, as well as his saxophone quartet Madrigals (2018), commissioned by The Capitol Quartet. Alex recently completed a D.M.A. in music composition from The University of Texas at Austin, where his doctoral dissertation Cry Wolf (2017), an opera for young audiences, was premiered at the Cohen New Works Festival. He holds additional degrees from The University of Texas (M.Music), and The Pennsylvania State University (B.Music). He was most recently the interim instructor in music composition at Penn State from 2018-2019, where he taught courses in electronic music, film and video game music, orchestration, and studio recording.