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. From 2015-16, Alex taught his own composition course 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 Miró String Quartet, based in Austin, Texas.
Alex received a B.M. in music composition from The Pennsylvania State University in 2011, an M.M. in composition from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013, and a DMA in composition from UT Austin. His composition teachers include Paul Barsom, Donald Grantham, Dan Welcher, Russell Pinkston, Yevgeniy Sharlat, and John Mills. Alex currently resides in Austin, Texas.