Joshua Heaney is an award-winning saxophonist and music educator based in the greater area of Toledo, Ohio. A devoted educator, he has presented clinics and masterclasses throughout the USA and in 2019 was the winner of Wake County Public School System’s competitive 1st-year Teacher of the Year award. Currently, Joshua Heaney serves as Adjunct Professor at Heidelberg University, where he teaches saxophone, clarinet, chamber music, and performs with the faculty wind quintet. He also teaches saxophone technique, chamber music, and woodwind methods courses at Bowling Green State University.
Regularly featured as a soloist, Joshua has most recently performed with the Susquehanna University Wind Ensemble Institute, Atlanta Chamber Collective, Atlanta Wind Project, Georgia State University Wind Ensemble, and Susquehanna University Orchestra. He has also performed as principal saxophonist with the Macon Symphony, Lima Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and Eastern Music Festival orchestras. A staunch advocate for new music, Joshua has commissioned and collaborated with leading composers such as Augusta Read Thomas, John Luther Adams, Marilyn Shrude, Marc Mellits, Michael Schelle, Evan Ziporyn, Viet Cuong, and many others. Additionally, he has been featured with Atlanta’s SoundNOW New Music Festival, Bowling Green New Music Festival, ArtsX, WGTE’s “Live from FM91,” WABE’s “Atlanta Music Scene,” Virginia Center for the Creative Arts’ “Composer Playlist”, and regularly performs at the EAR|EYE series at the Toledo Museum of Art. Joshua can also be heard performing Steve Reich’s “Reed Phase” and Viet Cuong’s “Sanctuary,” on a recent commercial single releases.
Joshua holds degrees from Susquehanna University (BME), Georgia State University (MM, AD), and is completing a Doctorate in Contemporary Music Performance (DMA) at Bowling Green State University. His primary teachers include Gail B. Levinsky, Jan Baker, John Sampen, and Frederick L. Hemke. Joshua Heaney is a Conn-Selmer Artist Clinician and performs on Selmer Paris saxophones.