Department of Music

Lee Heuermann: history, theory

Lee Heuermann, composer/pianist and singer-actor is on the faculty of the School of Performing Arts/Music Department at Virginia Tech where she teaches classes in Music History and is Music Director for the upcoming musical, Spring Awakening, along with theater director, Susanna Rinehart. She was formerly on the faculty of the University of Montana's College of Visual and Performing Arts and The Wilderness and Civilization Program, where she taught such classes as “Sound in the Natural World”, “Women in Music”, and “The Psychology of Music”, as well as classes in music composition. Most recently, Heuermann performed her work Being Peace, and was a featured speaker with her talk, “Being Peace and the Power of the Voice”, at the 3rd Annual International Conference of Young Buddhists and Scientists in Hong Kong (July/2013). Additionally, her composition Ridge of Blue Longing, was the 2011 recipient of the Judith Lang Zaimant Prize from the International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM). Heuermann has frequently collaborated with Amy Ragsdale's Headwaters Dance Company, most recently with Meditations on Love, and for The Montana Suite Project with New York choreographer, Donna Uchizono. In 2012, Lee worked with poet, Prageeta Sharma, creating the song cycle A Lesson In American History, based on the life of suffragist, Alice Paul. Currently, she is working with Sharma on a composition/performance piece based on her poetry entitled Voices from the Undergloom.

As a singer, Lee specializes in contemporary music and experimental jazz and is an improvisational pianist. She has created and performed in the one-woman cabaret show, Lust Into Small Change, featuring the works of Kurt Weill/Bertolt Brecht and Edith Piaf. Heuermann is founder of the Floating Feather Band, an international composer/performer collective, with musicians from Queensland Conservatorium (Brisbane, Australia), Montana, and Stanford University. Additionally, she has received a National Endowment for the Arts/Interarts Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship for her performance art piece Wearing Water / Eating Cement – Icons to Kiss, with visual artist, Elizabeth Lide. Heuermann was Artist in Residence in composition at the Banff Center for the Arts, and in 2010, performed at Banff in “Resonations”, a concert for peace sponsored by the United Nations. Heuermann has a Ph.D. in Composition from Stony Brook University, a MM degree from the Yale School of Music, and a BA from the New England Conservatory of Music, and was a Visiting Scholar at Stanford University.

Lee Heuermann