Dr. Heidi Lucas, horn, is active as a performer and educator in a wide variety of settings. In addition to her extensive teaching and chamber music experience including residencies and tours throughout the United States, England, Brazil, Germany, Austria, Australia, Russia, and Panama, she is currently a member of Eastern Standard, and performs regularly as a solo, chamber, and orchestral collaborator.
Her orchestral experience includes positions and/or subbing with the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra, Louisiana Philharmonic, Memphis Symphony, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Cobb Symphony Orchestra, Columbus (Georgia) Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Pops Orchestra, Pensacola Symphony, Gulf Coast Symphony, Meridian Symphony, Pensacola Opera Orchestra, Mobile Opera Orchestra, Mobile Symphony, Mississippi Symphony, Lancaster Philharmonic, Pennsylvania Philharmonic, Altoona Symphony, Johnstown Symphony, Kennett Symphony, and Reading
Summer teaching/performing engagements include positions with the Ash Lawn Opera Company (Virginia), Wintergreen Festival, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (Michigan), Saarburger Serenaden Music Festival (Germany), the Alfredo Saint Malo Festival (Panama), and the International Fellowship of Conductors, Composers, and Collaborators. Dr. Lucas has performed on programs and presented at many international horn symposia and international tuba and euphonium conferences, as well as part of many regional horn workshops, the Northeast Regional Tuba and Euphonium Conference(NERTEC) and the International Trombone Festival (ITF), and the Society for Music Teacher Education (SMTE) Symposium. She has had several publications, including reviews in the Horn Call and articles in the Grove Dictionary of American Music. In 2016, Dr. Lucas was appointed editor of the “Books and Print Materials Reviews” column for the International Horn Society’s publication, the Horn Call, a post she continues to hold. She also served as editor for the horn edition of David Vining’s The Big Book of Sight-Reading Duets (2015).
An active advocate for new music, Dr. Lucas has led or served on commissioning projects for over 50 works, including David Martynuik’s “Concerto for Horn and Wind Ensemble”, which she premiered with the IUP Wind Ensemble in October of 2018, andsubsequently performed with the Eastern Wind Symphony at the 2019 Northeast Horn Workshop in February 2019, and as part of their June 2019 concert at Princeton University. As a featured artist for the2020 Suffolk County Day of Horn (Long Island, NY) and 2020 North Carolina Horn Day (UNCG, North Carolina),she recently premiered new works for horn and piano written for her by Frank Gulino (“Tales Untold”) and Robert Litton (“Bavaria”). As a member of Eastern Standard, a horn/tuba/piano trio, she has commissioned, premiered, and recorded over 15 new works for this genre—nearlydoubling the size of the repertoire for this instrumentation.
Dr. Lucas can be heard on recordings with New York Philomusica-Haydn’s L’isola Disabitata (2008), Keystone Winds’ The Music of Fisher Tull (2015), Centaur Records’ The Voice of the Coelecanth: Music of William Bergsma (2015), Arts Laureate Records’ Interplay (2017), Eastern Standards’ Eastern Standard (2015), and Wanderlust (2019), as well as with the Trade Winds Recording Ensemble, which records the wind band catalogs for Carl Fischer Publications.
She holds degrees from the Crane School of Music-SUNY Potsdam (BM), the Eastman School of Music (MM), and the University of Georgia (DMA).
Dr. Lucas currently serves as assistant professor of Brass and Music Education at the University of Delaware. She previously served as associate professor of Horn at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and associate professor of Horn at University of Southern Mississippi.