George Heathco composes music for a variety of ensembles in a wide range of styles. His music blends elements of contemporary concert music with rock, jazz, and various other pop genres. Ensembles and organizations he has written for include the Moores School of Music Jazz Orchestra, Da Camera of Houston, Scordatura Music Society, Divergence Vocal Theater, the University of Houston’s AURA Contemporary Ensemble, and most recently The Ornery Theater, for their production of Cthulhu: A Puppet Play. In addition, his music has been performed by SOLI Chamber Ensemble and Forecast Music. George composed the music for ReGifting Lions, an evening length dance collaboration with choreographers Toni Leago Valle, Catalina Molnari, and photographer/ choreographer Lynn Lane, which premiered in October of 2012. He has also contributed string arrangements for singer/songwriter Chris Telfer’s MATTOO E.P.. George was a member of the 2010-2011 Da Camera of Houston Young Artist Program, and in 2011 was the graduate division winner of the Sarofim Composition Contest at the University of Houston. He is the Co-Artistic Director and guitarist for Liminal Space Contemporary Music Ensemble, a new Houston-based ensemble founded by George and percussionist Luke Hubley.
As a guitarist, Mr. Heathco has performed with various musicians, ensembles, and bands, including: Opera Vista, Divergence Vocal Theater, AURA Contemporary Ensemble, the Free Radicals, and as the guitarist for progressive/math metal band The Pant Factory. He has taught guitar and music theory privately in the Houston area for over a decade, regularly served as a faculty member of American Festival for the Arts, has taught numerous classes at the University of Houston, and is also a contributor to the contemporary music web magazine I Care If You Listen. George received a B.M. in music business and an M.M. in composition from the University of Houston. Some of the musicians he has studied with include: Rob Smith, Robert Nelson, James Bishop, Jim Vassallo, Noe Marmolejo, Dennis Dotson, and Mike Wheeler.