Garrett Austin Hecker
is a composer and percussionist from South Florida,
currently located in Gainesville. He is pursuing his PhD
in composition at University of Florida, where he also
recently completed his MM in composition. He received his
BM from University of Miami. Hecker's primary composition
teachers have been James Paul Sain, Paul Koonce, Scott
Stinson, Orlando Jacinto Garcia, and John Stewart. Hecker
has also participated in master classes with James
Mobberley, Paul Moravec, Judith Shatin, and Lei Liang.
Hecker's music has been performed throughout Florida and
in North Carolina and New Hampshire.
As a percussionist, Hecker has studied with Michael Launius, Andrew Proctor, Svetoslav Stoyanov, and Clifford Sutton. Hecker has performed as percussionist with the University of Florida Percussion Ensemble, Sunrise Symphonic Pops Orchestra, University of Miami Percussion Ensemble, Florida International University Percussion Ensemble, Alhambra Orchestra, South Beach Chamber Ensemble, Florida Intergenerational Orchestra, New River Orchestra, and Broward Symphony among others.