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Joshua Heaney


Joshua Heaney is a graduate student and performer of solo, chamber, and new music for saxophone. He holds a BM in Music Education from Susquehanna University (Cum Laude), where he studied saxophone with Dr. Gail Levinsky. Joshua currently serves as a graduate music assistant at Georgia State University and is working toward an MM in Saxophone Performance with Dr. Jan Berry Baker. Beyond his formal education, Joshua has participated in additional studies with Dr. Frederick L. Hemke and has performed in various masterclasses and coaching sessions with celebrated saxophonists such as Dr. Noa Evan, Dr. Susan Fancher, Dr. John Sampen, Dr. Nathan Nabb, Dr. Kenneth Tse, Don-Paul Kahl, Masato Kumoi, Phil Pierick, Debra Richtmeyer, and more.

Joshua is an active performer, described by renowned conductor Dr. Tim Reynish as, “…extremely sensitive dynamically, with a beautiful sound.” Joshua was named the winner of the 2012-2013 Susquehanna University Concerto Competition, playing Claude Debussy's Rapsodie pour Saxophone et Orchestre. He was awarded a Gundaker summer grant to attend the Hemke Saxophone Institute and also was the recipiant of Susquehanna University’s Wissinger Music Award and Elizabeth G. Eyster Award in Music. As a chamber musician, he has performed as soprano chair of the SUSQ Quartet and is currently the tenor chair of the Akira Quartet. Joshua actively collaborates with developing and celebrated composers and regularly commissions and premieres new music for saxophone.

In addition to his performance studies, Joshua offers a varied profile of educational experiences. He has coached several youth chamber music programs and taught various saxophone sessions throughout Pennsylvania and Georgia, including work at Atlanta, Bloomsburg, Fairfield Area, and Selinsgrove Area School Districts. His studies in music education have also extended to a residency in Faenza, Italy, where he observed and researched general music pedagogy and children's ear training in public schools. Joshua is an active member of the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, the National Association for Music Education, the North American Saxophone Alliance, and an alumni member of the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity.

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