Heidi Lucas joined the faculty of The University of Southern Mississippi in the fall of 2007. She holds degrees from the Crane School of Music-SUNY Potsdam (B.M.), the Eastman School of Music (M.M), and the University of Georgia (D.M.A).
In addition to extensive chamber music experience including residencies and tours throughout New England, England, Brazil, and as part of Brevard College’s Eric Ewazen Residency, Dr. Lucas is currently a member of the Southern Arts Brass Quintet and Category Five, the faculty ensembles at USM. She recently performed and taught as part of the Saarburger Serenaden Chamber Music Festival in Saarburg, Germany in July of 2010. In September of 2008 she recorded Haydn’s L’isola Disabitata with the New York Philomusica on the their record label as part of a two-week residency featuring performances and outreach programs in New York City. Her orchestral experiences include performances with the Orchestra of Northern New York, Festival Orchestra of “June in Buffalo”, Genesee Symphony, Rochester Oratorio Society, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Cobb Symphony Orchestra, Columbus (GA) Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Pops Orchestra. She was recently appointed principal horn of the Gulfcoast Symphony and the Meridian Symphony and also to the sections of the Mobile Symphony and the Pensacola Symphony. In addition to teaching during the summer of 2010 at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Muskegon, MI, she performed as principal horn of the Blue Lake Festival Orchestra and Wind Ensemble.
Competition awards include 2nd place honors at the MTNA National Chamber Competition, Honorable Mention from the Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition, Semi-finalist in the International Horn Competition, Outstanding Performer-Convention Recitalist at the GMTA Solo Brass Competition, and a Winner of the UGA Concerto Competition, after which she performed Richard Strauss’ First Horn Concerto in E-flat Major with the Wind Ensemble. In 2002, she was featured as a conductor and soloist with the Eastman Horn Choir at the International Horn Society Convention in Lahti, Finland.
Dr. Lucas works with the USM horn students in a variety of horn-related courses, including Horn Pedagogy, Horn Literature, Excerpt Class, Horn Choir, Chamber Music, and Horn Jazz Seminar. She also conducts the USM Brass Ensemble. Prior to her appointment, she taught horn at Toccoa Falls College, Georgia College and State University, and worked with non-majors at the University of Georgia and University of Rochester. Dr. Lucas is a 2007/2008 recipient of the MTNA StAR Award. She has performed in master-classes for David Cripps, Daniel Grabois, Ryan Anthony, Eric Ewazen, Allen Spanjer, Jean-Francois Taillard, Fergus McWilliam, Eli Epstein, Rik Vercruysse, and Verne Reynolds. Her primary teachers have been Dr. John Ericson, Mr. Peter Kurau, and Dr. Jean Martin-Williams.