Assistant Professor of Music,
Saxophone and Conducting
Award winning saxophonist and wind conductor, Jeffrey Heisler, has recently been appointed to the faculty of Oakland University. He holds degrees from Bowling Green State University (D.M.A. and M.M.) and Central Michigan University (B.M.E.). Among his many significant
accomplishments is a 1st prize gold medal at the 2005 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and the Outstanding Classical Soloist in Downbeat Magazine's Music Awards. An advocate of contemporary music, Heisler has worked with several Pulitzer-Prize winning composers such as Ellen Taaffe Zwilich and Steve Reich on transcriptions of their works for the saxophone. In 2007, he collaborated with electronic music composer Morton Subotnick in creating a new version of his In Two Worlds for alto saxophone and interactive computer (MAX/MSP). In 2008, he gave the North American premiere of Luciano Berio’s Recit (Chemins VII) for alto saxophone and orchestra and performed the world premieres of his composer approved transcriptions of Steve Reich’s Vermont Counterpoint , Chen Yi’s Monologue , and Louis Andriessen’s Elegy . In addition, he presented the American premiere Entfuhrung by Karlheinz Stockhausen and in 2009, premiered Double Image , a concerto for saxophone(s) and wind ensemble by David R. Gillingham. Prior to his appointment at Oakland University, Heisler served on the faculties of Kent State University and Wayne State University.