Juror

Composer

Lauren Cross

Heather Niemi Savage began composing at age thirty-seven and studied under Dr. Larry Bell and Howard Frazien in Boston, MA.  In composition, as in life, she explores the interaction between the old and the new, tradition and innovation, examining every nuance and implication of her experiences and musical ideas. Composer Walter Saul has described her work as “stunningly resourceful with scant material.”

Heather’s works have been performed by the North-South Consonance in Manhattan, the Great Woods Symphony, and by saxophonist Lawrence Gwodz, as well as being included in the national conference of the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers; the 2016 Rhode Island All-State Festival; the 2017 New Music Festival in Fitchburg, MA; and commemorative events at local churches. Additionally, her work has been featured on the radio program, “Music of Our Mothers.” Heather’s piece for string orchestra, Daughter of the Stars, won 2nd place in the 2020 American Prize composition competition (pops/light-music division) and will also be released on Ablaze Records’ Orchestral Masters Volume 7, due out in Spring 2020.

Heather has been a musician all her life, starting with piano at the age of three and adding clarinet and saxophone later in her school years. She began accompanying at the age of eight, playing with the children’s choir as well as a young violinist at church. Her musical training includes both classical and jazz, and she has experience working with vocal and instrumental soloists, choral groups, chamber ensembles, and musical theater pits.

In addition to her work as a composer and collaborative pianist, she is the music director of Carolina Free Baptist Church and maintains a private teaching studio.


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