John Hennecken is an American composer and educator based in Athens, Georgia. He has written over 40 works for diverse media, including: orchestra, symphonic band, chamber groups, and electronics. His music has been performed in the United States, France, Belgium, Italy, and Poland by ensembles such as Wet Ink and New Ear, as well as the Redshift Saxophone Quartet, Georgia Southern Symphony, Georgia College Wind Symphony, Mercer-Macon Symphony Youth Orchestra, Lakeside High School Wind Ensemble, and the European American Musical Alliance Chorale.
John is currently Composer in Residence at Mercer University, where he has been commissioned to compose a new work for trombone quartet. He has also been commissioned by conductor Shizuo Z. Kuwahara and Symphony Orchestra Augusta to write a new orchestral work, to be performed in Japan and Augusta in 2014. John is a doctoral composition student at the University of Georgia, where he studies with Adrian P. Childs and Leonard V. Ball, Jr. In addition to his teaching duties at GCSU, John teaches aural skills at UGA, serves as the composition and theory instructor with the UGA Community Music School, is president of the UGA Student Composers Association.
Previous commissions include: hornist Corey Klein of Klangforum Wien, Cliff Towner and the Georgia College Wind Symphony with consortium, UGA professor of trumpet Brandon Craswell, pianist Ipek Brooks of Terminus Ensemble, trombonist Matt Walley of Rutgers Unversity and trombonist Maureen Horgan of Georgia College. Select honors and awards include first prize in the 2012 Southeastern Composers League Philip Slates Memorial Composition Contest, American Prize semifinalist in chamber and choral music, Olin Parker Composition Prize, John Corina Scholarship for Music Composition, and performance selection at the 2013 International Trumpet Guild Conference.
John holds a master’s degree from the University of Georgia, where he studied with Leonard V. Ball, Jr. He earned his undergraduate degree from Georgia College where he studied with Douglas O’Grady. John has also twice attended the European American Musical Alliance summer program at La Schola Cantorum in Paris, France, where he studied with Phillip Lasser, David Conte, and Michel Merlet.