Faculty Profile for Hank Hehmsoth

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Hank Hehmsoth
Associate Professor of Practice — School of Music
MUS 237
phone: (512) 245-8573

Biography Section

Biography and Education

MacDowell Norton Stevens Fellow in Composition, National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Jazz Composition 1979, Fulbright Senior Specialist in Jazz Studies, National Endowment for the Arts Project Specialist

Research Scholar - Institute of Jazz Studies, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ

Texas State University Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities, Spotlight on Excellence at Texas State University, recipient of the Dean’s Seminar Award

Distinguished Academic Member of the International Conference on Visual and Performing Arts, Athens Institute for Education and Research, Athens, Greece

Pianist with the Grammy© nominated jazz group Times Ten

Lifetime voting member for the GRAMMY© Awards

1st place National Association of Composers USA, Composer Competition

Teaching Interests

• Contemporary Concepts of Jazz Theory & Composition

• Classical & Jazz - Advanced Piano Technique

• Music Technology for Musicians: websites, promotion, A/V production

• Spreading American Jazz to nations across the world, as an International Music Ambassador: sponsored by the U.S. State Department

"Music transcends borders, languages, politics and is a great universal common language for the people on earth"

Research Interests

Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies External Research Scholar: "Morgenstern memorabilia"

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA): "Dan Morgenstern Collection"

Soon to be Published Book: "Symmetry in Jazz"

Thelonious Monk: "The Works for Piano"

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Principal Pianist, San Antonio All-Guitar SummerFest - UTSA Downtown Campus. July 6, 2022.
    • San Antonio All Guitar SummerFest. July 2, 2022 - July 7, 2022 UTSA - Downtown Campus, 501 W. César E. Chávez Blvd. San Antonio TX 78207.
  • Principal Pianist, :Swing Is The Thing" - Austin Symphony Orchestra Pops Concert. June 3, 2022 - June 4, 2022.
    • Austin Pops Concert Series. June 3, 2022 - June 4, 2022 Palmer Events Center, 900 Barton Springs Rd Austin TX 78704.
  • Director, Producer, Arranger, Pianist, Vocal Coach, Georgetown Jazz Festival - "A Night of Jazz and Blues". April 5, 2022 - May 5, 2022.
    • A Night of Jazz and Blues. May 5, 2022 City Post Chophouse, 113 E Eighth St Georgetown TX 78626.
  • Principal Pianist, Eddie Durham Jazz Celebration Band. April 29, 2022.
    • Eddie Durham Jazz Celebration. April 29, 2022 Parker Jazz Club, 117 W 4th St #107b, Austin, TX 78701.
  • Principal Pianist, The Paul Simon Songbook - Austin Symphony Orchestra. December 28, 2021 - December 30, 2021.
    • Pops Concert Series. December 29, 2021 - December 30, 2021 Palmer Events Center, Austin, TX.

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Dean’s Seminar Award, College of Fine Arts – Texas State University. 2015
  • Award / Honor Nominee: Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities. January 2020 - Present
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Texas State University - Faculty Recognition: Externally Funded Research in FY 2019, FY 2020, and FY 2021, President Denise M. Trauth. March 22, 2022
  • Award / Honor Recipient: 2019 Morroe Berger – Benny Carter – Ed Berger Jazz Research Award, Institute of Jazz Studies - Rutgers University. 2020
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Award: Faculty Workload Release - 1 year, Texas State University Faculty Senate. December 3, 2019 - 2020

Selected Grants

  • Hehmsoth, Henry. Golden Era of the Big Band Jazz Musicians: Reminiscences of NEA Jazz Master Dan Morgenstern, National Endowment for the Arts NEA ArtWorks, Federal, $25000. (Funded: June 2018 - December 2019). Grant.
  • Hehmsoth, Henry. Proposal 295 Texas State University: Eddie Durham Celebration/Hill Country Jazz Festival, San Marcos Arts Commission, Municipal, $8000. (Funded: September 2017). Grant.
  • Hehmsoth, Henry. FULBRIGHT SPECIALIST GRANT, J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, Federal, $8500. (Funded: 2016). Grant.
  • Hehmsoth, Henry. FULBRIGHT SPECIALIST GRANT, J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board, Federal, $8500. (Funded: August 2013). Grant.
  • Hehmsoth, Henry. MACDOWELL COLONY NORTON STEVENS FELLOWSHIP, Norlin Foundation, Private / Foundation / Corporate, $10000. (Funded: June 7, 2012). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

Guest Performing Artist; Student Mentor; Featured Speaker
Grammy in the Schools - NARAS National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
Certified School of Music TSP Technical Support Person
Certified School of Music TSP Technical Support Person
January 28, 2021-2022
website developer
Building Safety - Emergency Response Plan
September 11, 2018-December 2022
Reviewer / Referee
Fulbright Specialist Peer Reviewer - U.S. Department of State Cycle 2-3-4 - 2021
April 2, 2021-July 30, 2021
Fine Arts and Communication Studies Study Abroad to London/Paris & Rome/Vienna
August 2018-July 12, 2021