Dr. Heidenreich began as Conductor and Music Director of the Washtenaw Community Concert Band in 2011. He has served as Associate Professor of Music and Applied Trumpet and Director of Bands at the University of Michigan—Flint since 2009. Prior positions included three years at Youngstown State University as well as fourteen years teaching public school in Ohio. He completed his Doctor of Music in Wind Conducting from Indiana University in 2006. 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 was given UM—Flint's Distinguished Faculty Service Award through the nomination of his colleagues. In December 2011, his new edition of the Kalinnikov Symphony No. 1 in G Minor was published.
Chris was previously a member of the Heisey Wind Ensemble in Newark, Ohio, a community band with a long history together. Having that perspective, Chris says “while the music is important and exciting, it’s the people that are the reason to be there.” The special warmth and humor that he brings to his conducting role with the band is valued by the members. The band has grown in quality and depth during his leadership and looks forward to another rewarding year under his guidance.