Ken Heinlein, D.M.A. (in progress), University of Michigan; M.M., Cleveland Institute of Music; B.M., Central Michigan University. He has studied with Fritz Kaenzig, Craig Sutherland, Yasuhito Sugiyama, Ronald Bishop, and Mark Cox. Mr. Heinlein currently holds the position of Principal Tuba with both the Akron Symphony Orchestra and the Erie Philharmonic Orchestra. Additionally, he performs each summer as Principal Tuba with the Blossom Festival Band and performs with a number of regional groups across Ohio and Michigan, including CityMusic Cleveland and the Blossom Festival Orchestra. Mr. Heinlein has also performed with the Cleveland Orchestra, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Grand Rapids Symphony, and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, and performs frequently with the Cleveland Orchestra Brass Quintet.
Mr. Heinlein teaches both tuba and euphonium at the Baldwin Wallace University Conservatory of Music, where he is also Director of the Brass Choir and teaches the brass methods course to music educators. Mr. Heinlein also teaches at Kent State University, where he is a member of the Kent Brass Quintet. He previously taught at Case Western Reserve University, where he taught both tuba and euphonium and was the director of the Case Western Brass Choir.
Mr. Heinlein is a passionate advocate for the important cultural role of music, and to that end has presented master classes, workshops, and performances in a variety of schools and settings around the region and across the country. He continues to work to connect with people through music and is always excited to meet new people and work with new ensembles.
Ken Heinlein performs exclusively on Robert Tucci mouthpieces.