Joshua Heaney is a concert saxophonist, performing solo, chamber, and new music. Joshua has appeared in performances throughout the United States and has presented and performed at regional and national North American Saxophone Alliance and National Association for Music Education conferences. His playing has received accolades, described by renowned conductor Tim Reynish as, “…extremely sensitive dynamically, with a beautiful sound.” Joshua has excelled in competitions for solo and chamber playing, including the Susquehanna University Concerto Competition, Thomas M. Brumby Concerto Competition, Great Composers Competition Series, Georgia State Honors Competition, GMTA Chamber Winds Competition, and ENKOR International Chamber Music Competition. He is also the recipient of Susquehanna University’s distinguished Wissinger and Elizabeth G. Eyster Awards in Music.
In addition to his solo pursuits, Joshua performed with the SUSQ Quartet and Akira Quartet. He currently performs with Chiaro Trio, an Atlanta-based chamber ensemble dedicated to new music for piano, clarinet, and saxophone. As an advocate for new music, Joshua actively collaborates with emerging and established composers and regularly commissions and premieres new music for the saxophone. He has also been a featured performer as part of SoundNOW, Atlanta’s premiere contemporary music festival. Joshua’s recent projects include new commissioned works by composers Marc Mellits, Matthew Quayle, Royal Teague, and Coleman Rowlett, as well as recording projects for Kenneth Stewart and Stephen Wood.
More than just a performer, Joshua is a dedicated music educator with a rich profile of educational experience. His passion for music education extended to a residency in Faenza, Italy through the Susquehanna University GO Program, where he observed Italian music instruction and researched ear training pedagogy. Joshua has appeared in masterclasses, clinics, and performance settings at public school districts throughout Georgia and Pennsylvania. He also has offered chamber music experiences and held long-term residencies at Bloomsburg, Fairfield, and Selinsgrove area school districts. Joshua has served as woodwind faculty at the Central Oak Heights summer music camp and was a saxophone instructor through the Susquehanna University Music Preparatory Program. He currently serves as assistant activity director for Snow Pond Music Festival, working with musical forces such as Ted Atkatz, Ron Blake, Frederick L. Hemke, Deion Sanders, Jo-Ann Sternberg, and others. Joshua currently teaches saxophone privately in the Atlanta area and is a resident saxophone instructor at Ola School District.
Joshua holds a BM in Music Education from Susquehanna University (cum laude) and a MM in Orchestral Performance from Georgia State University. He currently attends Georgia State in pursuit of an artist certificate and serves as the saxophone studio graduate assistant. Joshua's principal teachers include Robert Zellner, Dr. Gail B. Levinsky, and Dr. Jan Berry Baker. He has also received additional studies with Dr. Frederick L. Hemke through the Snow Pond Music Festival and has performed in masterclasses and lessons with many celebrated saxophonists, including: Claude Delangle, Susan Fancher, John Sampen, Kenneth Tse, Masato Kumoi, Debra Richtmeyer, and many others. Joshua maintains memberships with the National Association for Music Education, the North American Saxophone Alliance, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Joshua Heaney is a Conn-Selmer Endorsing Artist and Clinician and performs on Selmer Paris saxophones exclusively.