Emerging as a composer with a unique, yet quintessentially American sound, Drew Hemenger's music has been heard all over North America, Europe and as far as Russia and Asia. Described as "deceptively simple" (New Music Box); "potent" (Broadway World); "perfectly crazy" (Sequenza 21); and "unlike anything I've heard before - in a good way!" (Ned Rorem), Hemenger's music has been performed in venues ranging from Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center to intimate churches in the Midwest. Although he now considers himself a New Yorker, Hemenger remains close to his Ohio roots.
His works have been commissioned by distinguished artists and institutions, both here and abroad. These include The AIDS Quilt Songbook @ 20 (Her Final Show), The Auros Ensemble (For Robin), Chamber Music Yellow Springs (Three Inner Moments: String Quartet No. 2, for the Vogler Quartet), Sweden's Duo Con Forza (Petit Duo), the Goldman Memorial Band (Manhattan Flourish), Madrid's Jones&Maruri Cello/Guitar Duo (Songs From America), The Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (An Evening in the Harlem Renaissance), Chicago's Orion Ensemble (Which Way Home?), pianists Pascal and Ami Rogé (Four Places in New York, piano 4-hands version), Symphony New Hampshire (Marifé Suite), and the University of Texas at Austin (Sharks, for violinist Brian Lewis).
Commercial recordings include Songs from America recorded by the Jones&Maruri Cello/Guitar Duo on EMEC Discos and Her Final Show by Anthony Dean Griffey and Thomas Bagwell on GPRecords; produced in collaboration with Sing for Hope, the CD includes music from the AIDS Quilt Songbook @ 20 concert on World AIDS day 2012 at Cooper Union.
A strong believer in artists as entrepreneurs, Hemenger is also a regular speaker at prestigious educational institutions, such as the Curtis Institute of Music, Pace University, The Juilliard School, and the University of Pennsylvania, on a range of topics ranging including artist management, individual entrepreneurship, and career development for performing artists and arts administrators.
Winner of Boston University's ALEA III International Composition Competition, Hemenger's residencies and fellowships include the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Banff Centre, Omi International Arts Center, and the Bowdoin and Aspen Music Festivals. He has also served as Composer-in-Residence for the New York-based dance company, RamosDance.
Hemenger earned a Bachelor's degree in Trumpet Performance from Ohio Wesleyan University, after which he studied composition at The Juilliard School with Stanley Wolfe. His Master's and Doctoral degrees are from the Manhattan School of Music where he studied principally with Richard Danielpour. Other teachers and mentors include George Crumb, David Del Tredici, Sebastian Currier, and Robert Beaser.
Hemenger's music is published by Seemsa (Madrid), LK Drew Publishing, and Drew Hemenger Music.
Articles by Drew Hemenger:
I was hearing from various orchestra executive directors and managers that many of them would like to do new music but they get resistance from the board or simply the...
This year where everyone in the orchestra community—or at least the majority—is trying simply to survive, the commitment to new music has largely gone out the window. I asked some...
I was frankly quite shocked that in all this discussion of "innovation" and "transformative change" for the orchestra world, not one person mentioned the music of our time.
I have to admit that wearing the hats of both composer and artist manager can be a bit tricky at times, as I must first and foremost make sure I...