Chris Heckman is a composer of music for film, television, video games, theatre, sacred music and concert music and a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He grew up in a family of musicians and started playing piano and singing from the age of six. Apart from piano and voice, he also plays clarinet, saxophones, flute, guitar, bass guitar, organ and accordion.
While a graduate student at UNCSA, Chris studied film scoring with David McHugh. He wrote original music for five student films; two drama productions; a television commercial produced by the film school; arranged, created and performed electronic music for a musical production and wrote a piece for the UNCSA jazz ensemble. He frequently assisted former UNCSA Chancellor John Mauceri with projects for major symphony orchestras, including the Radio Symphony of Vienna, North Carolina Symphony and Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.
Chris is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Composition at the University of California, Los Angeles.
- Acclaimed video game “Red Dead Redemption,” 2010
- Award-winning short “The Perfect Gentleman,” 2010
- Assisted in arranging new orchestral suites from Pirates of the Caribbean, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and The Nightmare Before Christmas, for which he composed a new overture finale under the supervision of Danny Elfman.
Awards, Recognitions and Honors
- Awarded the 2009 ASCAP Fellowship for Composition & Film Scoring at the Aspen Music Festival