Brent Heisinger

Brent Heisinger
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San Francisco Bay Area composer, Brent Heisinger (1937), was born and raised in Stockton, California, began piano study at five and trombone lessons at seven. He and his physician brother Dale received musical training from their father, an exceptional band director, and both were highly influenced by their mother, a patron of literary and musical arts. At the age of 16, he studied piano at the Music Conservatory of College of the Pacific where his father was Director of Bands. After his

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ARTIST LAUREATE AWARD INFO

What did the Fellowship or Laureate mean to you at the time you received it?

The Fellowship was very special, allowing me to fund my immediate musical project(s).

What do you do now? Has your art evolved or changed?

I am now an Emeritus Professor of Music from San Jos? State University, finishing a third EKTA (oneness) concerto for San Jos? Chamber Orchestra, directed by Artist Laureate Barbara Day Turner, and featuring soloist American-African drummer royal hartigan. My current interest lies with musical ideas/practices of cultures other than mine. Yes that?s correct, royal hartigan does NOT use upper case in his name.

What is one piece of advice you would give to an emerging artist?

Commit.

Briefly, how would you describe the state of the arts locally, as well as national and beyond?

Still in need of funds.

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Award Year(s): 2002
Laureate Award Category: Performing Arts: Music Composition

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