Michael Heavner

Piano | Keyboards | Guitar | Orchestration Production

SELECT MUSICAL REVIEWS

Heavner’s piano playing is most impressive. “Always Patsy Cline”

Arkansas Times

The well-rehearsed band, featured clearly outstanding piano work in the authentic style by Mike Heavner. His convincing, bluesy interpretation provided the perfect accompaniment for Welch’s vocals. “Always Patsy Cline”

Roswell Daily Record

Although all the characters had amazing voices, a lot of credit has to be given to the band led by Michael Heavner, never missed a step. It accommodated the players wonderfully, and in my opinion, should have been brought out to center stage to receive a strongly deserved ovation. “Blues in the Night”

Lifestyles StringerTheatre critic, Tom Kennedy

The Secret Garden at the Argenta Community Theater magical … Michael Heavner’s orchestrations serve the show well.

Arkansas Democrat GazetteERIC E. HARRISON

Special mention is in order for the musicians behind the scenes, musical director Charles Creath, a Motown Records artist and producer, shares the keyboard duties with Michael Heavner, and both do excellent work. “DreamGirls”

Arkansas TimesTim Jones

Finally, a hearty salute to the band and musical director/conductor, Michael Heavner on keyboards, their energy and first-rate musicianship enhance the trio of performers and provide some of the shows finest moments. These guys are smoking. “Idols of the King”

Galvaiston, TXTheatre critic, Thomas B Harrison

Services

Piano | Keyboard | Guitar

Custom Orchestrations

Online Recording Collaboration

Audio Mastering | Editing | Restoration

Sound Design

Live Bands For Any Occasion

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Résumé

Instructor | Collaborative Pianist | Keyboards | Guitar | Percussion | Orchestration Production | Musical Director

Current Employer

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock|College of Arts, Letters, and Sciences
Department of Theatre Arts and Dance 

January 2006 – Present

Position: Instructor, Musical Director, Dance Musician, and Website and Social Media Manager

Education

MASTERS OF ART: INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

BACHELOR OF MUSIC: PIANO PERFORMANCE
University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Honor Societies

PHI KAPPA PHI
THE NATIONAL SOCIETY OF LEADERSHIP AND SUCCESS

Professional and Academic Organizations

THE INTERNATIONAL GUILD OF MUSICIANS IN DANCE
THE MIDI ASSOCIATION

Academic Positions

  • January 2006 – Current: University of Arkansas at Little Rock, College of Arts, Letters & Sciences, Department of Theatre Arts and Dance – Instructor, Musical Director, Dance Musician, and Website and Social Media Manager.
  • January – February 2013: Hendrix College | Department of Theatre Arts Conway, Arkansas Guest Musical Director | Pianist (Concurrent with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock)
  • Spring,  2013: University of Central Arkansas  College of Fine Arts and Communication – Artist in Residence: (Concurrent with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock)
  • January – February 2011: Hendrix College | Department of Theatre Arts Conway, ArkansasGuest Musical Director | Pianist  (Concurrent with the University of Arkansas at Little Rock)
  • January 2006 – August 2010: The University of Arkansas at Little Rock | College of Arts, Letters & Sciences | Department of Music – Instructor of Recording Arts Technology, MIDI, Digital Audio recording, and Piano. Department of Theatre Arts and Dance – Dance Musician for Ballet and Modern Dance.

Technical Skills

  • Music Production
  • Musical Orchestration
  • MIDI Production
  • Musical Composition
  • Computer Recording
  • Audio Mastering
  • Audio Editing
  • Audio Restorations
  • Sound Design
  • Live Sound (Analog and Digital)
  • Qlab-Show Cue Audio and Video Software
  • Website Design and Management
  • WordPress
  • Social Media Management
  • Online Ticket Sales
  • Internet Marketing
  • Adobe CS6
  • PaintShop Pro
  • Video Editing
  • Macintosh Operating Systems
  • Windows Operating Systems
  • Microsoft Word

Theatre

  • November-December 2018: Orchestration production for the musical,  ELF
  • June-July 2018: Orchestration production for the musical,  Grease
  • March–April 2018: Orchestration production for the musical, Little Shop of Horrors
  • November-December 2017:  Orchestration production for, Miracle on 34TH Street The musical
  • August-October 2017: Musical director and orchestration production for the musical, The All Night Strut!
  • June-July 2017:  Orchestration production for the musical, Sweet Charity
  • January-February 2017: Orchestration production for the musical, The Secret Garden
  • January-February 2016: Orchestration production for the musical, Brigadoon
  • July-August 2015: Orchestration production for the musical, Hairspray
  • August–October 2014: Musical Director | Orchestration production for the musical, Little Shop of Horrors
  • July- September 2014: Orchestration production for the musical, Oklahoma
  • July 2013: Musical Director for the musical, South Pacific
  • June 2013: Orchestration production for the musical, Legally Blonde (selections), North Texas Central College
  • March – April 2013: Artist in Residence, University of Central Arkansas, College of Fine Arts and Communication – Musical Director | Guitarist | Pianist for the production of Spring Awakening
  • January – February 2013: Guest Musical Director | Keyboardist, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
  • July-August 2012: Musical Director | Orchestration production for the musical, The Sound of Music
  • October 2011: Musical Director | Orchestration production for the musical, Once Upon a Mattress
  • July-August 2011:  Orchestration production for the musical, The Music Man
  • May-June 2011: Musical Director | Pianist for the musical, Always Patsy Cline
  • January-February 2011: Guest Musical Director | Pianist at Hendrix College, Conway Arkansas, for Violet the Musical
  • June-August 2010: Orchestration production for the musical, Annie
  • July 2010: Musical Director | Keyboardist for the reading of the new play, Daisy, under the direction of Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj (Equity Production)
  • January 2006-August 2010: Instructor of Recording Arts Technology and Piano at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Department of Music, Staff piano accompanist for the Department of Theatre Arts and Dance
  • September-October 2009: Musical Director | Keyboardist for the musical, Always Patsy Cline (Equity Production)
  • July-August 2009: Orchestrator production for the musical, My Fair Lady
  • March 2009-April 2009: Keyboardist for the Musical, Little Shop of Horrors
  • June 2008-July 2008: Musical Director | Orchestration production for the musical, Guys and Dolls: A musical fable of Broadway
  • May 2007-July 2007: Musical Director | Keyboardist for the musical, The Full Monty (Equity Production)
  • November 2005: Christmas arrangements and Orchestration production for the musical, Lost on Route 66 Christmas Show
  • August 2005: Featured pianist on the Diamonds’ two live CDs, Standing Room Only! and Back By Popular Demand
  • June 2005: Musical Director for the musical, Lost in the Fifties, Omaha, Nebraska
  • November 2004 – March 2005: Musical Arranger|Orchestration production for the new musical, Lost on Route 66
  • December 2004 – January 2005: Keyboardist for the musical, Children of Eden (Equity Production)
  • September 2004 – October 2004: Pianist for the musical, My Fair Lady, two piano arrangements (Equity Production)
  • June 2004-July 2004: Keyboardist for the musical, DreamGirls (Equity Production)
  • November 2003-January 2004: Keyboardist for the musical, Cinderella (Equity Production)\
  • August 2003-September 2003: Musical Director | Keyboardist for the musical, The Spitfire Grill (Equity Production)
  • June 2003-July 2003: Keyboardist for the musical, Gypsy (Equity Production)
  • January 2003-April 2003: Musical Arranger | Orchestration production for the musical, Twist the Night Away
  • November 2002-January 2003: Musical Director | Pianist for the musical, Annie (Equity Production)
  • July 2002-November 2002: Musical Director for the musical, Lost in the Fifties, in Savannah, Georgia
  • April 2002-June 2002: Keyboardist for the musical, Cabaret (Equity Production)
  • October 2001-January 2002: Musical Director | Conductor for The Sound of Music (Equity Production)
  • April 2001-October 2001: Resident Musical Director | Pianist for Lost in the Fifties, in Mackinaw City, Michigan
  • October 2000–January 2001: Keyboardist for the musical, Joseph & and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Equity Production)
  • May 2000–October 2000: Resident Musical Director | Pianist for Lost in the Fifties, in Mackinaw City, Michigan
  • 2000-Musical Director|Pianist for the national tour of the Tony Award-nominated musical, Blues in the Night (Equity Production)
  • June 1999-August 1999: Musical Director | Keyboardist for the musical, Godspell (Equity Production)
  • 1998-99: Musical Director | Keyboardist for the 1998-99 premiere national tour of Idols of the King (Equity Production)
  • October 1997: Musical Director|Pianist for the production of Always Patsy Cline at the Robinson Auditorium (Equity Production)
  • June 1997-September 1997: Musical Director | Pianist for the production of Always Patsy Cline in Jackson, Mississippi (Equity Production)
  • April 1997-June 1997: Conductor | Keyboardist for the musical, BeeHive (Equity Production)
  • August 1996-December 1996: Musical Director | Pianist for the national tour of Always Patsy Cline (Equity Production)
  • September 1995-May 1996: Pianist for the national tour of Always Patsy Cline (Equity Production)