Student Composer Showcase: Erik Heitsmith

Dec 4, 2015

December's Student Composer Showcase features Erik Heitsmith, a 7th grader at Black River Middle School in Ludlow. Erik's pieces begin with a musical germ inspired by "an everyday activity. Like brushing your teeth, or eating breakfast.”

Broadcast Monday Dec. 7 at 11:30 a.m.; Wednesday Dec. 9 at 8:30 a.m.; Friday Dec. 11 at 4 p.m.; Saturday Dec. 12 at 9 a.m.

His dream is to be an engineer when he grows up. Erik says writing music combines his love of math with the feeling of building something entirely new.

The Student Composer Showcase is produced in collaboration with Music-COMP's online composition mentoring programs. Find out more at

Recordings: Clarinet Funk from Opus 28 in Ludlow, April 2014, performers were Steve Klimowski, clarinet, Julian Partridge, bassoon. A Vermont Autumn Day from Opus 30 at the Chandler Music Hall, Randolph April 2015, performers were Katie Oprea, oboe, Steve Klimowski, clarinet, and Michael Close, cello.