ABOUT THE COMPOSER
Hans Bridger Heruth (b. 1997) is an award-winning composer pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in composition and vocal and violin performance at the University of Missouri on a composition scholarship from the Sinquefield Charitable Foundation. There, he studies composition with Dr. Stefan Freund and Dr. W. Thomas McKenney. Heruth's works have been performed by many different ensembles, including the orchestras and choirs of the Liberty Public School District, select members of the University of Missouri Philharmonic, Mizzou Creating Original Music Project ensembles, the Midwest Chamber Ensemble, the Columbia Civic Orchestra, the University of Missouri's University Singers, the University of Central Missouri's Concert Choir, KC VITAs Chamber Choir, the Heartland Men's Chorus, the Volker Brass Quintet, and Deviant Septet, an ensemble that features members from the world renowned new music ensemble Alarm Will Sound. In addition to these ensembles, his works have been performed by renowned solo musicians, including world-famous tenor Steven Tharp, and pianist Paola Savvidou of the New Muse Piano Duo. His compositions have also been performed all around the country in venues such as the Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries, the Folly Theatre, Yardley Hall, Abravanel Hall, and even performance venues in China.
Heruth began his career in composition in his early teens when he realized he had a passion for creating music. He has since flourished, having received many accolades and commissions by the time he came to the university. He is a three time winner of the Mizzou New Music Initiative's Creating Original Music Project competition in the senior division, and was a finalist for the 2015 and 2016 Sinquefield Prizes in Composition, and the 2016 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award. Due to his success in the field of composition, he judged the 2016 Mizzou New Music Initiative's Creating Original Music Project competition. Heruth is also a member of ASCAP and is published with Heruth Publications and Santa Barbara Music Publishing.
As a performer, Heruth's formative years were filled with a rich collection of experiences. He began studying both piano and voice at the age of three with his mother, Dr. Rika R. Heruth. At the age of nine, Heruth began playing the violin. Shortly after, he joined the Youth Symphony of Kansas City and continued to play violin and piano with them for eight years. When he was in his senior year of high school, Heruth was the concertmaster of the first place orchestra at the 2015 American String Teacher's Association competition held in Salt Lake City, Utah, under the direction of Dr. Mary Lou Jones. Beginning in his junior high school years, Heruth accompanied many performers and choral ensembles, using these experiences to further his skills as a pianist. He has also had vocal experiences in the Missouri All-State Choir, the Simon Carrington Chamber Singers, the Kantorei Choral Scholars, and the University Singers of the University of Missouri. He has also made his debut as a baritone with the Liberty Symphony Orchestra as the winner of their 2013 Young Artists Competition. As an opera singer, Heruth has performed various roles such as Leporello in Mozart's Don Giovanni, Basilio in Rossini's Il barbiere di Siviglia, and Ford in Verdi's Falstaff in scenes, and Bartolo in Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro and Simon Stimson in Ned Rorem's Our Town in a full production, all with the University of Missouri's Show-Me Opera. Heruth has had the privilege to work under the direction of conductors such as Dr. Steven Amundson, Dr. Simon Carrington, Steven D. Davis, Dr. Eric William Barnum, Dr. Rika R. Heruth, Dr. R. Paul Crabb, and Aram Demirjian, former assistant conductor of the Kansas City Symphony. He has also participated in masterclasses and coachings with Grammy-award-winning baritone Daniel Belcher, and Russell Miller, chair of voice and opera at the Eastman School of Music. He is the music director and conductor of the Exit-128 Chamber Orchestra, and will have upcoming conducting appearances with the Columbia Civic Orchestra and the Mizzou New Music Ensemble. Heruth currently studies voice with Steven Tharp, violin with Eva Szekely, and studies opera under the direction of Christine Seitz.