John Heins’ Neo-romantic compositions have garnered considerable praise over the past three decades. His compositions have been performed throughout the United States and Europe. In Canada, his Trio for Piano, Oboe and Bassoon was featured at the International Double-Reed Convention. In 1992, the Sinfonisches Blasorchester Bern featured his Overture for Band on their European Tour. Also in 2000, the Aulos Blasorchester performed and recorded the Overture in Switzerland. One of his commissions, Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Wind Ensemble, was premiered in 2003 in Washington D.C. In 2004, the Metropolitan Wind Symphony in Boston premiered another commission, Second Essay. Also, in 2004, Ballet Nouveau Colorado premiered his new ballet entitled The House of Alba. His Ballade for orchestra was recorded and released on a CD of new American music recorded by the Kiev Philharmonic, "Masterworks of the New Era, Vol.5" The premiere of The Enchanted Mesa for Native American Flute and String Orchestra was given in February 2008 at Northwestern University by James Pellerite, former principal flutist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. Rhapsody for Piano and String Quartet, was premiered in Atlanta at the S.A.I. convention in 2012. Recent commissions include Serenade for String Quartet and String Quartet No. 3 “Van Rijn”, both commissioned and premiered by the Carpe Diem String Quartet.
Heins’ compositional output includes works for symphonic band and orchestra, as well as numerous solo piano works, chamber music, and concertos.
Heins received a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from the University of Montana and a Master of Music degree in Composition and Performance from the University of Colorado, Boulder. He studied composition with Donald O. Johnston and Cecil Effinger.
Heins has taught at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, MT; and he served as composer, arranger, pianist and clarinetist in the U.S. Air Force Band of the Pacific Northwest.
He was chosen to be the 2001-2002 MTNA Commissioned Composer for the State of Colorado, and was the guest composer, lecturer and performer at the 2007 University of Montana Composer’s Showcase.
Heins’ discography includes numerous works recorded on CD; his compositions have also been published by C.F. Peters, Southern Music, KJOS Music and Ars Nova Music.