James Hegarty

Director of Academic Special Programs, Professor of Music
MM, Northern Illinois University
MM, American Conservatory of Music
BA, Principia College

James Hegarty's compositions have been performed throughout the United States, Europe, and the Pacific Rim. He has received several awards and grants, including a National Endowment for the Arts grant to develop and produce his multimedia opera, "The Soul of the Rock." Several of his electro-acoustic compositions have been presented at the national conferences of the Society for Electro-acoustic Music in the United States. His compositions have been featured in festival programs at the University of Michigan, University of Memphis, and University of the Pacific.

Hegarty's re-creation of history's first opera, "Euridice Remix," was performed to a standing-room-only audience at the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis in the spring of 2002. Recently he was a featured composer at the Bonk Festival of New Music in Tampa, Florida. His multimedia theatre work, "The Lost Mansion of Sojourn," was premiered in New York with subsequent performances in Montreal and St. Louis. The work features real-time projected 3D computer imagery and live performances of surround sound and music. He performs regularly in St. Louis at such venues as the Galaxy, the St. Louis Art Museum, and in concerts presented by the New Music Circle.

Before joining the Principia faculty, he was the head of the music department at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park, where he initiated the music technology program. His early career included work as a commercial music producer in Chicago with broadcast clients nationwide. He also worked in symphony orchestra administration at organizations including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

He is a member of the board of directors of the New Music Circle, the oldest new music presenting organization in the United States. Up-to-date information on his performances and activities is available at: www.NoiseReductionSociety.com.

Professor Hegarty is a member of:

  • Society for Electro-acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS)
  • Pi Kappa Lambda National Musical Honor Society
  • American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP)

To learn more about Professor Hegarty and his contributions to Principia College, tune in to the “College Faculty Spotlight” Talk Show on Principia Internet Radio, linked below.