Samuel Headrick


Associate Professor of Music, Composition and Music Theory


BM and MM in Composition, University of North Texas; PhD in Composition, Eastman School of Music


855 Commonwealth Avenue, Room 459


Dr. Headrick received his BM and MM in Composition from the University of North Texas before earning his PhD in Composition at the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Samuel Adler, Warren Benson, and Joseph Schwantner. Other studies include Horn with Roland Pandolfi, Guitar with Alan Rosenkoetter, and Computer Music at MIT with Barry Vercoe.

Professor Headrick has presented his own music and given lectures and master classes in composition and analysis for such institutions as the University of California at Berkeley, Williams College, UCLA, MIT, the Peabody Conservatory of Music, the Eastman School of Music, the University of North Texas, Southern Methodist University, Berklee College of Music, the Boston Conservatory of Music, the 2008 Opera & Society Interdisciplinary Conference, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, and Brown University, where he was appointed as Visiting Associate Professor in Composition for the fall term of 2008.

He has served as Guest Conductor for the St. Louis Symphony On-Stage Series, and as Music Director and Composer for the Huntington Theater Company. Honors include the National Endowment for the Arts Composers Fellowship, the National Endowment for the Arts Collaborative Fellowship in Opera, the Massachusetts Artist Fellowship in Composition, two Composer Residencies with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, and Artists Residencies with the Berklee College of Music, Webster University, and the State University of New York. He has also received two Meet The Composer Grants and yearly ASCAP PLUS Awards since 1986.

Mr. Headrick has received performances and commissions from such artists as Lukas Foss, Theodore Antoniou, Sanford Sylvan, and Edwin Barker, and from such organizations as the St. Louis Symphony Chamber Players, Alea III, the Atlantic Brass Quintet, the Huntington Theater Company, the Opera Laboratory Theater Company, the Boston University Mainstage Theater, Dinosaur Annex, the Concordia Trio, the Esterhazy Quartet, the Synergy Brass Quintet, the Boston Conservatory Wind Ensemble, and the Armory Brass Quintet. Festival performances and commissions include the Warebrook Contemporary Music Festival, the Savannah Onstage International Arts Festival, the 4th Annual New York City Festival of New Trumpet Music (FONT), and the Iraklion International Festival of the Arts.

A video of his one-act opera and audio recordings of his Second Symphony and various other works are available on his website at