Heidi Joosten (b. 1990, Wisconsin) is an American composer and performer.
Born into a musical family, Ms. Joosten began her piano studies as early as four years old and harp studies at seven years. Through her years of musical training, she eventually took up studies in voice, oboe, organ, jazz piano, saxophone, mallet percussion, and guitar. She started composing at the age of 18 and fully began her composition training her junior year of college. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a Bachelor of Music degree in composition. Her previous composition instructors include J. Michael Roy, Ethan Wickman, and Chiayu Hsu. In the spring of 2016, Heidi earned her master's degree from Roosevelt University – Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA) where she studied with Stacy Garrop and Kyong Mee Choi.
An avid lover of works for the stage and screen, Heidi’s music is heavily influenced by romantic opera, contemporary musical theatre, and film and television scores. With over 45 original compositions to her name, she enjoys writing for a multitude of genres, such as vocal, choral, opera, chamber, solo piano, and wind ensemble. She has received commissions from many of her fellow performer colleagues as well as the Rice Lake Municipal Band, Living Water Lutheran Church choir, the UWEC Wind Symphony, and the Platteville School District Lakeland All-Conference Honors Choir.
During her time at CCPA, Heidi won the 2014 wind ensemble competition (Silent Night, Sea of Light), and the OperaLab competition to create a new chamber opera for Operafest VIII (Connla and the Fairy Maiden).
Works for Winds
- Appetite Concerto (2016)
- Excelsior Overture (2013)
- Lakeshore Portrait (2012)
- Rush (2017)
- Silent Night, Sea of Light (2014)
- Heidi Joosten website Accessed 17 November 2017
- The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 371.