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 performed with various musicians, ensembles, and bands, including: The Alley Theatre (Randy Johnson’s A Night with Janis Joplin), Aperio, Alex Riddle, Grisbee, Stone Free, VOX, Da Camera of Houston, Opera Vista (Phillip Glass’ The Fall of the House of Usher), Divergence Vocal Theater, AURA Contemporary Ensemble, The Pant Factory, and 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. Heathco both co-produced and supplied guitars for Colorado singer-songwriter Chris Telfer’s single “Ashes,” and contributed string arrangements for Telfer’s MATTOO E.P..
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 the Moores School of Music Jazz Orchestra, Da Camera of Houston, HGOco, Duo Scordatura, Divergence Vocal Theater, the University of Houston’s AURA Contemporary Ensemble, 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 is currently the music teacher at Robinson Elementary School. He is also a contributor to the contemporary music web magazine I Care If You Listen. George received a B.M. in music business and an M.M. in composition from the University of Houston. Some of the musicians he has studied with include: Rob Smith, Robert Nelson, James Bishop, Jim Vassallo, Noe Marmolejo, Dennis Dotson, Paul Chester, and Mike Wheeler.