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John Hennecken

Assistant Professor of Music

Programs: Music

John Hennecken (b. 1987) is an American composer and educator. His music has been performed in the United States, France, Italy, Belgium, Poland and Japan by ensembles such as Symphony Orchestra Augusta, Takarazuka City Symphony Orchestra, Georgia Southern Symphony, Macon Symphony Youth Orchestra, Atlanta Wind Symphony, Wet Ink, New Ear Contemporary Music Ensemble, Terminus Ensemble, Sound of Late, Mercer University Faculty Brass Quintet, Bulldog Brass Society and the Trombones of the St. Louis Symphony. Hennecken is also Composer in Residence with the MOD[ular] Ensemble, a chamber group dedicated to new music.

Select honors and awards include: International Tuba-Euphonium Association Harvey Phillips Award winner; International Trumpet Guild New Music Concert Selection; Morton Gould Young Composer Awards finalist; Tribeca New Music Merit Award; New Music on the Bayou Summer Festival concert selection; Electrobrass Composition Competition finalist; Joliet Symphony Orchestra Competition third prize; American Prize semifinalist in orchestral, chamber and choral music; Olin Parker Composition Competition winner; and Southeastern Composers League Philip Slates Memorial Composition Contest winner. Hennecken has also won prestigious fellowships from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Hambidge Center. Hennecken’s music has been recorded under the EMPiRES label, broadcasted on Georgia Public Radio and published by Potenza Music.


Hennecken earned his D.M.A. at the University of Georgia where he was awarded the John Corina Scholarship for Music Composition. His principal teachers have been Adrian P. Childs, Leonard V. Ball Jr. and Douglas O’Grady. Hennecken has also attended the European American Musical Alliance summer program at La Schola Cantorum in Paris, France, where he studied with Phillip Lasser and David Conte and was a recipient of the Michael Iovenko Scholarship. He has participated in composition masterclasses with Steven Stucky, Chen Yi, Claude Baker, Carter Pann and David Crumb. Prior to his arrival at St. Norbert College, Hennecken was on faculty at both the University of Georgia and Georgia College. He teaches composition, theory and history.
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