Choral Good Vibes Project
Hi! I'm
Bill
Heigen

Composer - Singer - Arranger
Composer, arranger, musical director, and choral singer. I am a recipient of national awards in Brazil (Vocal Brasil CCBB 2012 and Nona Mostra FIL) and the US (MCE Composer Competition 2015-2016) for my compositions, vocal arrangements and choral directing. I hold a Master's Degree in Music Composition from Hunter College - NYC, and a Master's Degree in Voice Performance from University of Rio de Janeiro - Brazil.
About

Without Music, life would be a mistake.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

My compositions have been performed by ensembles across the US, France, Brazil, Portugal, and United Kingdom. I have performed in several vocal ensembles such as the award winning “Choral Chameleon” the award winning “C4”, and “New York Holiday Choristers”.

I have been hired as a professional singer by many other church choirs and community choirs in the Tri-State Area. I have served as the accompanist for Hunter College’s Jazz Vocal Workshop and have worked as a freelance composer. Currently, I am a soloist and section leader at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church and live in West New York, New Jersey.
News
Seasonal Concert with Jubilee Chorus
June 25, 2016
If you are in New York City this Saturday, come join me for a fun and nice concert. I have the pleasure to conduct the Jubilee Choir...
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My piece won MCE's Audience Favorite award!
February 27, 2016
The Manhattan Choral Ensemble’s singular choral music competition, New Music for New York, returned Saturday, February 27 to the DiMenna Center...
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I WON A PRIZE!!!!
January 14, 2016
“it is my pleasure to inform you that our competition committee has chosen your submissions as our 2015-16 selections. As a winner...
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Merry Christmas!
December 21, 2015
"It is the most wonderful time of the year."

After a wonderful...
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Wakeful and Wintry
December 5, 2015
Just as Spring looks different through Vivaldi's eyes than it does through Stravinsky's, the winter holidays look different in...
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Tempus, Choral Chameleon
November 23, 2015
I've always had issues connecting with people. You know, sometimes it is just hard. I got kind of a "depressing resting face" ...
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Paraclete Press
October 10, 2015
Happy to announce that 3 of my choral pieces will be published by Paraclete Press in 2016! The pieces are: "How Large The Promise"...
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Jubilee - Assistant Conductor, Bill Heigen
July 22, 2015
I am so happy for this opportunity to work as a conductor! Here is what they wrote about me:...

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2015 Choir Tour France
July 15, 2015
France is an amazing country. So much culture and history to be seen and felt. I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to visit marvelous cathedrals...
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Choral Chameleon Summer Institute
June 22, 2015
Last week I had the privilege to be part of something great. I was one of the singers at Choral Chameleon Summer Institute...
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Choral Good Vibes - YouTube Channel
April 7, 2015
We live in a crazy world. Black people vs. white people, gay vs. religious, starvation, money, hot, cold, politicians, ...
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Channel Trailer of my YouTube Channel
March 13, 2015
Hey guys! You know, being a composer nowadays is not about spending all day long writing new music (I wish...). In order...
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5 Tips for Commissioning New Pieces
January 15, 2015
A couple of months ago, Fahad Siadat, the owner of See-A-Dot Music Publishing, wrote this article about commissioning...
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Christmas time is here!
November 30, 2014
This group is the best! The New York Holiday Choristers are New York City's most fun & musical professional holiday carolers!...
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"A perfect way to end the evening"
November 21, 2014
I couldn't be happier! Bubbles just got an awesome review by Jean Ballard Terepka! She is an archivist and intellectual ...
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Writing choral pieces for IBOC's music program!
November 17, 2014
Two months ago I was invited by Mr. Joao Macdowell (Artistic Director of iBoc) to write three choral pieces for the Iboc Singers...
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C4 will premiere my piece "Bubbles"
November 8, 2014
Hey guys, check this out! 2 really cool concerts next week!

C4: The Choral Composer/Conductor...
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SAUDADE
October 26, 2014
SAUDADE. According to Wikipedia, “Saudade is a Portuguese or Galician word that has no direct translation in English. It describes a deep ...
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Birthday Last Sunday
October 15, 2014
Last Sunday October 12th was my Birthday. For my entire life I have never liked this day. This date reminds me that I am getting older, that I ...
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MY NEW BLOG
October 9, 2014
Hi everyone! This is my first post of my new blog on my official website! Here I will share with you some thoughts, cool stuff, and of course...
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Seasonal Concert with Jubilee Chorus
June 25, 2016
If you are in New York City this Saturday, come join me for a fun and nice concert.
I have the pleasure to conduct the Jubilee Choir.
On its all female version, the choir have worked hard to put together a pleasant repertoire of some old and new standard gospel songs.
We will have solo numbers, duets, and even brand new choral arrangements.
And the best part is: FREE ADMISSION!
Put some live music on your Saturday night!

When: Saturday, June 25, 2016, at 7:30 PM

Where: St. Michael's Episcopal Church (225 W 99th Street, New York, 10025).
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AUDIO
Here you can purchase some of my choral works! The scores are in PDF format and are available for instant download.
If you did not find what you want, you can also request a commissioned new work by sending an email to contact@billheigen.com with your order. Enjoy!
TESTIMONIALS
Vince Peterson

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Jim Catt

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James Morgan

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John Cantrell

- Director of Music -

Carol Zeven

- Conductor -

Mariana Bravo

- Singer, Actress & Dancer -

Jay Dougherty

- DMA & Conductor -

Jen Kefalas

- Director NY Holiday Singers -

Peter Christian Wichert

- Barytone and Lyricist -

Fahad Siadat

- Conductor -

Deborah King

- PhD, Conductor -

Marco Aurélio Lischt

- Conductor, Director -

Craig Symons

- Music Director -

Mihee Gwon

- Chorus Manager -

Jack Senzig

- Conductor -

Paul Cienniwa

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Canticum Scholare

- Professional a cappella ensemble -

Gareth H Bond

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Erik-Peter Mortensen

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Jay Dougherty
DMA, Conductor (to be awarded spring of 2016), Professor of Choirs, Metropolitan State University of Denver.

Bill Heigen breathes life into his compositions. The Five Stages of Loss is not simply a work of notes put to text; it is an emotional journey through grief, imploring, and acceptance. It is a masterpiece of choral literature that requires the personal emotional commitment of a Broadway performer. It is truly a moving work, both for the singer and audience alike. Few pieces of choral literature will pull at the listener's heart-strings like this one.
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James Morgan
Composer/Producer/Pianist

I've had the pleasure of recording much of Bill's Heigen's Choral Good Vibes Project, and I am always delighted and touched by his arrangements. He strikes that elusive balance between sophistication and simplicity. A keen sense of melody and counterpoint makes each part a musical thought all its own, and the harmonic result is beautiful. Bill turns pop songs into acapella renaissance masterpieces!
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John Cantrell
Master of Music, Yale, Director of Music, St. Michael's Episcopal Church, NYC

From a choral composition standpoint, Bill has a keen sense of counterpoint that often reflects his love for early music, and his sense of tonality is very accessible to listeners of all musical sensibilities. What I have heard of his instrumental music revealed a strong sense of the weight, balance, and proportion of sound.
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Jim Catt
Director of Music - Sydney Vocal Project

I came across Bill through his Choral Good Vibes Project work. I loved the feel he gave to some of his charts, particularly the contemporary snippets arranged in Choral stye. I admire his commitment and complete dedication to his passion of Choral music. This is very evident in his composing.

I commissioned Bill to do a full piece, George Michaels FREEDOM. Bill was very open in this process, allowing me to have artistic input at the beginning; and on completion with a couple of small edits. It is important to stress that Bill gave me the feeling he was working for me/us, not his ego. Bill was gracious about my input, incorporating all my suggestions in an efficient and respectful manner. More importantly Bill completed all tasks including sending of the final files on time, as agreed.

I would thoroughly recommend Bill's work to any choir or group looking for a different Choral take on contemporary music.

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Carol Zeven
Conductor. DoMiSol Chorale, Courpière, France.

Bill’s music came to my attention when I discovered his Ave Maria, a piece of beautiful simplicity and purity with surprisingly dramatic harmonies. It allowed my choir and our soloist to imagine vividly a situation in which they might feel these emotions and pray these words. We are definitely looking forward to our next Heigen piece.
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Mihee Gwon
Chorus Manager - Jubilee Choir

Bill brings people what true joy is through his various works in Jazz, Gospel and Classical music with addition of his own musical taste. His music can communicate with audiences and move their hearts. Also, with his sense of humor, he brings people laugh and creates relaxing atmosphere, which unites people's hearts. Everyone loves his pure and beautiful philosophy of music.
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Craig Symons
Music Director of First Congregation Church of Greenwich, CT

Bill Heigen’s music is crafted very carefully and with great attention to matching the text and music. “Set me as a seal” quickly became a favorite of the Chancel Choir at First Congregational Church of Greenwich during their rehearsals leading up to its inclusion in worship. As Bill had sung with the choir on a few occasions, it was even more special to them since they knew him and had welcomed him into our community. I look forward to programming more of Bill’s music in the future.
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Marco Aurélio Lischt
Conductor, Director - Canarinhos de Petrópolis

Quando dei a primeira olhada no Ave Verum de Bill Heigen, vi que não se tratava de mais um compositor que queria escrever música com texto sacro, e sim de alguém que traduziu em música o verdadeiro sentido do texto latino com elegância e dramaticidade. Para nós foi um deleite ensaiar e poder executar esta obra.
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Peter Christian Wichert
Barytone and Lyricist, Gelsenkirchen - Germany

Bill is an extraordinarily versatile composer who, due to his profound knowledge of various musical styles and epoques, is able to draw his ideas out of many sources, and disposes of a vast musical vocabulary. His sacral as well as his secular pieces excel by a broad musical potential showing up in intensity of expression as to tonality and voice treatment, mastership in combining traditional and progressive musical ideas, and in particular by the sophisticated architecture especially of his sacral works that appeal equally to heart and mind. Listen to the "Self Awareness Missa Brevis" or his "Ave Verum Corpus", just to take one of many examples, and you will know what I mean.

This is why I have entrusted several of my English texts to him to be set into music. The way he opens the musical dimension of language makes him an outstanding vocal composer. I am convinced that Bill Heigen will soon be known to everyone in the world who enjoys vocal music.

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Erik-Peter Mortensen
Composer/Singer/Audio Engineer

Bill is an absolutely amazing musician, a talented singer (tenor, alto and even some soprano!) as well as an excellent composer! He has recorded several projects recently with me, including the alto and tenor lines of Thomas Tallis' "Lamentations of Jeremiah. With flawless pitch, he is a great musical asset and friend!
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Gareth H Bond
DMA, the Catholic University of America. Director, Wesley Choir (UMC), Vienna, VA

Upon crossing paths early last year, Bill Heigen has been on my radar as an exceptional composer and musician. The power of pieces such as Voca me and Ave Maria lend a wonderful freshness supplying new harmonic passages and surprising changes keeping the musicians ‘on their toes’ and leaving the listeners exhilarated. My professional vocal ensemble relishes the opportunities to sing Bill’s energetically moving pieces as he continues to capture the essence of the underlying movement propelling the music and text to a superb ending. I am so glad you have burst upon the music and (more specifically) the choral scene!
"Wesley Choir’s Heigen commission (06-2015) “They that wait upon the Lord” SSATB, a powerfully set A section flowing into a quickly soaring B section touched with some polyphony, returning to the solidity of A, ending in a flourish as a “coda” B zenith encompassing the strength and stability of God Almighty and the completely non-oppressive energy available to those who serve and follow His commands.  Bill has captured the essence of Isaiah 40:31 KJV in this challenging piece which is fun to sing and experiential to the listener.  Another winner through the pen of Bill Heigen!"
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Jack Senzig
Conductor

Self-Awareness Missa Brevis - "Composers of Choral Music Community Silver Platter Award". The parts are very approachable, the range is reasonable and the overall affect is stirring. I hear a kaliedoscope of color within each movement and throughout the work as a whole. The harmonies are full and enticing yet approached in each part with excellent voice leading. This would be a pleasant change from more traditional Mass settings.
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Paul Cienniwa
DMA, Conductor, Director of Music, First Church in Boston

Bill Heigen's choral music is intelligent, atmospheric, and a joy to sing.
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Deborah King
PhD, Conductor, PROJECT : ENCORE™, Director and Founder Schola Cantorum on Hudson, Artistic Director and Founder

Composer Bill Heigen is a bright young light, writing music that bypasses unnecessary complexity, speaking directly, and with a balance of passion and intelligence. And, on top of that, he is a delight to work with!
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Vince Peterson
Composer/Conductor/Keyboardist

Bill is a wonderful and talented colleague. Our group thoroughly enjoyed working with him both as a composer and a conductor. His music is boldly tonal and well constructed and it feels quite organic and natural to perform: the most important hallmark of a composer who knows the voice well.
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Mariana Bravo
Singer, Actress, and Dancer, New York City.

Bill is an awesome instructor! He's versatile, so I can go to him for arrangements issues, vocal coaching, choir questions and whenever I need to record an accompaniment for a song. AND he's also fun! I highly recommend!
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Jen Kefalas
Executive and Financial Director, New York Holiday Singers, Inc.

I've worked with Bill in multiple capacities since we met. He has an incredible instrument and a fantastic attitude. He is always willing to help you with whatever your particular need may be, and he's a very kind and engaging vocal instructor. He is passionate about what he does, and equally passionate about helping you with what you do!
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Canticum Scholare
Canticum Scholare, professional a cappella ensemble

Bill Heigen is a joy to work with. His high level of musicianship brings a lot of diversity to the table. He has an extremely flexible voice that is natural and easy and makes singing with him very satisfying.
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Fahad Siadat
Conductor C4, Owner of See-A-Dot Music Publishing Inc.

Bubbles is a fun, light-hearted piece that's enjoyable for both the singers and audience. The lyrical lines are clear and the harmonies stirring. Even though it's for 8 part chorus, the writing makes it is accessible for choirs of a variety of skill levels. The best part, however, is the improvisation section in the middle. This is a great way to get your choir to step outside of the box and try something they might not be used to. We used it as our concert closer and it was definitely a hit.
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Marco Aurélio Lischt
Conductor, Director - Canarinhos de Petrópolis
Quando dei a primeira olhada no Ave Verum de Bill Heigen, vi que não se tratava de mais um compositor que queria escrever música com texto sacro, e sim de alguém que traduziu em música o verdadeiro sentido do texto latino com elegância e dramaticidade. Para nós foi um deleite ensaiar e poder executar esta obra.
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