John Hennecken (b. 1987) is an American composer and educator. His music has been performed in the United States, France, Italy, Belgium, Poland, and Japan by ensembles such as Symphony Orchestra Augusta, Takarazuka City Symphony Orchestra, Georgia Southern Symphony, Mercer-Macon Symphony Youth Orchestra, Atlanta Wind Symphony, Wet Ink, New Ear Contemporary Music Ensemble, Terminus Ensemble, Sound of Late, Mercer University Faculty Brass Quintet, Bulldog Brass Quintet, Max Noah Singers, Cecilia Ensemble of Augusta, and the Trombones of the St. Louis Symphony. He has worked with conductors Shizuo Z. Kuwahara, Adrian Gnam, Cliff Towner, Jennifer Morgan Flory, Jaclyn Hartenberger, and Amy Wilson. Hennecken is also Composer in Residence with the MOD[ular] Ensemble, a chamber group dedicated to new music.
Select honors and awards include Virginia Center for the Creative Arts Fellowship, International Tuba-Euphonium Association Harvey Phillips Award Winner, New Music on the Bayou Summer Festival Concert Selection, Morton Gould Young Composers Award Finalist, Joliet Symphony Orchestra Competition Third Prize, International Trumpet Guild New Music Concert Selection, American Prize Semifinalist in orchestral, chamber, and choral music, Olin Parker Composition Competition Winner, and Southeastern Composers League Philip Slates Memorial Composition Contest Winner. Hennecken’s music has been recorded under the EMPiRES label, broadcasted on Georgia Public Radio, and published by Potenza Music.
Hennecken earned his D.M.A. at the University of Georgia where he was awarded the John Corina Scholarship for Music Composition. His principal teachers have been Adrian P. Childs, Leonard V. Ball Jr., and Douglas O’Grady. Hennecken has also attended the European American Musical Alliance summer program at La Schola Cantorum in Paris, France, where he studied with Phillip Lasser and David Conte and was a recipient of the Michael Iovenko Scholarship. He has participated in composition masterclasses with Steven Stucky, Chen Yi, Claude Baker, and Carter Pann. Hennecken has taught at both the University of Georgia and Georgia College, and is currently on faculty at Saint Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin.