Emerging as a composer with a 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), "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, including The AIDS Quilt Songbook @ 20, The Auros Ensemble, Chamber Music Yellow Springs (for theVogler Quartet), Sweden's Duo Con Forza, the Goldman Memorial Band, Madrid's Jones & Maruri Cello/Guitar Duo, The Lively Arts at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Chicago's Orion Ensemble, pianists Pascal and Ami Rogé, Symphony New Hampshire, and the University of Texas at Austin.

Highlights of the 2016-17 concert season saw the premiere of a newly commissioned string orchestra piece, Valse Variations, by the Solon, Ohio, High School Orchestra, where Hemenger was also in residence and interacted with students; multiple performances at the Hawaii International Music Festival by soprano Amy Shoremount-Obra and pianist Ian Parker; a performance of  Still Here, by the Cheah/Chan duo in NYC; and Which Way Home? - a full evening of Hemenger's vocal music at the National Opera Center.  This concert preceded the first sessions in a large collaborative project with renowned soprano Adrienne Danrich, in which she will be recording all of Hemenger's music for soprano and piano, to date.  Other artists in the project include pianist Mila Henry, baritone Eric McKeever, and violinist Charles Yang.

Winner of Boston University's 1996 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. 

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.

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.


January 2017