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 Hans Bridger Heruth

HANS BRIDGER HERUTH (b. 1997) is an award-winning composer whose music has been praised as “lovely and delicate” and “impressively stylish” (The American Prize), and for having an “invigorating richness” (KC Metropolis). In addition, he is a conductor, pianist, singer, and violinist of distinction. A lifelong musician, Heruth was born in Kansas City, Missouri and began studying both voice and piano at the age of three, training as a boy soprano. He began studying violin at the age of nine, and started composing shortly after.

As a composer, his works have been performed by many different ensembles, most notably the University Philharmonic and the University Singers of the University of Missouri, the Festival Singers of Florida, the Midwest Chamber Ensemble, KC Vitas Chamber Choir, Vox Nova, Canticum Novum Mizzou, the Show-Me Opera Program, the Heartland Men’s Chorus, the Volker Brass Quintet, Deviant Septet, and many All-State Choir Ensembles. Upcoming engagements include the premiere of his piece Wytchkraft by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Stephanie Childress. In addition to these ensembles, his works have been performed by renowned solo and chamber musicians, including tenor Steven Tharp, pianist Paola Savvidou, pianist Peter Henderson, violinist Eva Szekely, and chamber musicians from the St. Louis Symphony, including Jessica Cheng, Kyle Andre Lombard, and Bjorn Ranheim, with upcoming performances by flutist Alice K. Dade and pianist Natalia Bolshakova.

Influenced by his wide range of performance experiences, Heruth’s oeuvre ranges from opera and orchestral works to intimate chamber music and art songs. His award-winning chamber opera, A Certain Madness, was premiered with great acclaim and to sold out houses – based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous detective, critics raved “Sherlock Holmes has never sounded so good” (KBIA). Heruth was set to conduct the third production with the Landlocked Opera company, but it was cancelled by the COVID-19 pandemic. His most recent projects include song cycles for some of his most frequent collaborators: Piano Lessons, with poetry by Billy Collins, for baritone Patrick Graham, and Verses Written in Her Book of Hours, commissioned by Catherine Sandstedt, soprano. Heruth’s works have been performed all across the country in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Abravanel Hall, the Folly Theatre, the Kauffman Center, the Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries, and even in performance venues across China. Heruth has received many accolades for his compositions, most notably as a winner of the 2019-2020 American Prize in Composition in both the opera and the vocal chamber music categories, and a finalist for the 2019-2020 American Prize in Composition in both the instrumental chamber and choral music categories, the 2017-2018 American Prize in Composition in both the choral music and the vocal chamber music categories, the 2015, 2016, and 2019 Sinquefield Prizes in Composition, and the 2016 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composers Award. Heruth is a member of ASCAP and is published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing and Heruth Publications.


Hans Bridger Heruth has 5 titles published with Santa Barbara.
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Gospel Plow SATB div. SBMP 1598 Audio Audio
Hope On SATB div. SBMP 1519 Audio Audio
Joy SATB SBMP 1392 Audio Audio Video
Joy TTBB SBMP 1554 Audio Audio Video
Joy SSAA SBMP 1662 Audio Audio

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