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As a guitarist, composer, educator, and collaborator, musician George Heathco (b. 1983) has worked with a wide variety of artists, organizations, and schools.

George has built a diverse career playing pop/rock/metal with numerous bands and artists (Grisbee, Alex Riddle, The Pant Factory, and many others), contemporary classical music (Liminal Space Contemporary Music Ensemble, Divergence Vocal Theater, Da Camera of Houston, Aperio, Opera Vista, VOX), pit musician work for musical theater (The Alley Theatre, SHSU, Island ETC, PMT Productions, and many others), and playing for numerous churches and contemporary worship services in the Houston area. He was the Co-Artistic Director and guitarist for Liminal Space Contemporary Music Ensemble, a Houston-based ensemble founded by George and percussionist Luke Hubley. Currently, George plays guitar with Western Bling (Houston’s hottest western swing outfit) and The Moment (available for all of your wedding and event band needs!), both working bands in Houston.

Composing for a variety of ensembles in a broad 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 Chapman Dance, Six Degrees Dance, Da Camera of Houston, HGOco, Duo Scordatura, Divergence Vocal Theater, the University of Houston’s AURA Contemporary Ensemble and Moores School of Music Jazz Orchestra, and The Ornery Theater, for their 2013 production of Cthulhu: A Puppet Play. In addition, his music has been performed by Musiqa, SOLI Chamber Ensemble, Sound Hive, and was the winner of the 2013 Forecast Music call for scores. In March of 2016, his setting of Psalm 88 was premiered by Duo Scordatura at Carnegie Hall. 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. Heathco 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 has taught guitar and music theory privately in the Houston area for over a decade, has regularly served as a faculty member of AFA (formerly American Festival for the Arts), has taught numerous classes at the University of Houston and other institutions in the Houston area. George received a B.M. in music business and an M.M. in composition from the University of Houston.