Mark has had a long and varied career as musician,
composer, performer and educator.
He studied music at C.W. Post College and Queens College
in New York City. In New York, he apprenticed to composer Carman
As composer he has written numerous works for radio,
dance and musical theater, including a full-length musical based
on the life of William Butler Yeats entitled Passionate Voyage:
The Life of William Butler Yeats, which made use of Butler's
poetry, writings, and traditional Irish music. This project was
funded by the Vermont Council on the Arts in 1983.
He has also been Composer in Residence at the American
Dance Festival at Duke University (1986).
Mark has written several children's musicals, which
have been produced and performed locally, including
- East of the Sun and West
of the Moon, 1993; and
- The Blanket, 1995, a
musical based on a Russian folk tale (play written by Nancy Monson).
The Blanket has been recorded on cassette and
issued on the Encouraging Hands Music label.
More recently (1999), Mark Heinemann was Artist in
Residence at the September School in Boulder, where he collaborated
with staff and students to produce a musical based on West Side
Story, which was appropriately named Sep Side Story.
As educator he has taught extensively at The School,
a private K-5 school in Boulder and The Experimental College in
Mark's insatiable hunger to learn and study music
has given him the opportunity to play and perform in genres and
bands as far afield as Classical, Blues, Bluegrass, Rock and Roll,
Traditional Celtic Music, Jazz, and the Avant-Garde.
He has studied, performed and recorded with Carman
Moore, Leroy Jenkins, Sam Rivers, Art Lande, Ty Burhoe and the Juillard
In 1998 he co-founded The Rude Masters, an
electric guitar quartet, and is now a member of Delinquent Borrower
and the Librarians, a stand-and-deboogie Blues dance band.
In 1996, Mark founded the Encouraging Hands Music
School, which enrolls over 100 students a year in classes, workshops,
and private lessons.