Award-winning saxophonist, and advocate of contemporary music, Jeffrey Heisler promotes the creation of new repertoire for the saxophone by commissioning and premiering works by composers such as Louis Andriessen, Andres Carrizo, Halim El-Dabh, Nathan Davis, David Gillingham, Marc Mellits, Timothy Stulman, Marilyn Shrude, Andrea Reinkemeyer, Steve Reich, Chen Yi, and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.
His accomplishments include the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition 1st prize gold medal with the Blue Square Saxophone Quartet, work with the Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, and several concert tours including the Portes Ouvertes aux Noveaux Talents concert series in Paris. Additionally, Heisler recently presented the world premiere performance of Ekaggata, by Timothy Stulman at the 2012 NASA Biennial Conference at Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
Heissler holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree specializing in contemporary music and a Master of Music degree in saxophone performance from Bowling Green State University where he studied with Distinguished Research/Artist Professor John Sampen. He is currently on the faculty of Kent State University as Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Director of Bands.