OUR CONDUCTOR

Dr. Christopher P. Heidenreich

Dr. Christopher P. Heidenreich began as Conductor and Music Director of the Washtenaw Community Concert Band in the summer of 2011. He is Associate Professor of Music at the University of Michigan—Flint where he conducts the Wind Symphony and Orchestra as well as teaches trumpet and courses in orchestration, conducting, and music education. Prior positions include Youngstown State University as well as fourteen years of teaching public school in Ohio. He completed his Doctor of Music in Wind Conducting from Indiana University in 2006 and holds degrees from Ohio State University and Bowling Green State University. In 2002, he was awarded the American School Band Directors Association's Distinguished Band Director Award for Ohio and the North Central Region. During fall of 2013, he received UM—Flint's Distinguished Faculty Service Award through the nomination of his colleagues. His new editions of the Kalinnikov Symphony No. 1 in G Minor and Gordon Jacob's Original Suite receive regular national and international performances. He continues to adjudicate concert and marching bands in Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio. He and his wife Beth reside in Grand Blanc and have two children; Jillian, who is a senior at UM—Flint majoring in Health Sciences, and Daniel, a first year cadet at the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Dr. Heidenreich has been around community bands since his high school days, frequently being asked to sub in the trumpet section of a band near his home. When his teaching career took him to central Ohio, he performed with the Heisey Wind Ensemble in Newark, Ohio, for fourteen seasons. When asked about his role with the band, he stated that “community bands are about the players, the folks that come from a variety of walks of life to put aside what might be differences and make music.” The special warmth and humor that he brings to his conducting role with the band is valued by the members, and both the band and audiences appreciate his talent as Music Director for bringing truly appealing concerts to life in our community.