Eric Heumann’s colorful and creative music has received many performances across the United States. Eric recently won The Florida Orchestra's 2020 Student Composition Competition with his work, The War in Heaven chosen as the winning composition. Other notable performances of his orchestral works include a premiere of his chamber orchestra work, Gateway to the West, by the Ann Arbor Camerata under the direction of Victor Huls, as well as premieres of his August Overture and Piano Concerto by the Rollins Orchestra directed by John Sinclair. Outside of orchestral music, Eric recently finished a solo piano piece, Shining Sun, commissioned by Kent Fuchs, President of the University of Florida, as well as Cosmos, a piece for pierrot ensemble, which was hand-picked by the Bold City Contemporary Ensemble for a United States tour. Eric also served as the artist-in-residence for the Foundation for Modern Music in Houston in 2018, where he received additional performances of his work, including a premiere of a string quartet work, NeveroddoreveN, by the Apollo Chamber Players.
Eric's compositional drive has often been fueled by collaborations. He has arranged seven works for the Rollins Christmas Vespers Services as well as four more for the Bach Festival Society of Winter Park. Additionally, Eric has created film scores for local short films and even some jingles for commercials.
Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Eric began taking piano lessons at the age of six. At fifteen, Eric entered the Douglas Anderson School of the Arts to continue his piano studies. After graduation, Eric attended Rollins College where he studied piano with Gloria Cook, music composition with Daniel Crozier, and organ with George Atwell. Eric furthered his study at the University of Houston where he studied composition with Rob Smith, Marcus Maroney, and David Ashley White. Eric is currently pursuing a PhD in Music Composition at the University of Florida, where he studies with Paul Richards, James Paul Sain, and Scott Lee. Along the way, Eric has had the privilege of participating in master classes with composers such as John Harbison, Stephen Montague, Stephen Paulus, Kamran Ince, and Chris Rogerson among others.
Eric and his wife, mezzo-soprano Emily Heumann, currently reside in Ocala, Florida. Eric serves regularly as an organist and pianist at many local churches and other venues.