Martin Hebel composes expressive, emotionally direct music for a wide variety of ensembles. His catalog includes instrumental and vocal chamber works, orchestral works, and pieces for educational ensembles.
In his orchestral compositions, Martin explores strategies for engaging audiences, seeking to enrich and enhance concert experiences for contemporary listeners. Borrowing from other genres, such as the architectural vision and dramatic breadth of late romantic opera and the innovations of contemporary chamber music, Martin incorporates their approaches to musical development and audience engagement into his works, modifying traditional orchestral forms like the symphony. Coupling these forms with a more contemporary, chromatic language, Martin hopes this unconventional take on established forms and styles will help bridge the gap between audiences who appreciate tradition and innovation, thereby expanding audiences for concert performance of contemporary classical music.
Martin Hebel’s Symphony No.3 in E Minor: Concert in Three Acts, selected as a Finalist in the 2015 Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, experiments with modifying the traditional symphonic form, combining many elements found in typical orchestral and chamber-music concerts into a single work. Symphony No.3 offers a diverse range of orchestral colors and characters on a variety of scales, featuring an evolving orchestra which transforms itself into different combinations of large and small ensembles to create an evening-long chamber-symphonic hybrid—a concise, yet varied musical experience.
Symphony No.3 in E Minor: Concert in Three Acts was recorded by Mikel Toms and the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra in their home city of Brno, Czech Republic. Symphony No.3 was released internationally in August 2016 by ABLAZE Records and received its international broadcast premiere by WPRB Princeton University’s Classical Discoveries program on August 30, 2016. Learn more and Listen here.
Martin employs many of the same techniques and concepts in his chamber works that he refined in his orchestral writing. Martin’s chamber catalog includes compositions for established ensembles, like the string quartet, and unconventional groupings, like his concerto for eight-hands piano quartet.
In addition to composing, Martin works as an educator teaching composition, orchestration, and music theory to students of all ages. To provide challenging and fulfilling musical experiences relevant to today’s students, he has applied his skills as a composer to expand practical musical opportunities for students by composing a growing suite of tone poems for educational bands and orchestras, as well as pedagogical texts.
Martin also endeavors to expand the tools available to today’s composers. He developed and maintains a self-designed, high-performance computer workstation to render high-quality simulations of digital scores, an application of his interest in adapting technology to serve music composition.
Born in Hamden, Connecticut in 1990, Martin Hebel began composing in high school, winning the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven’s Frances L. Lauro Scholarship in 2009. Martin Hebel received his M.M. in composition from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music in 2018 where he studied with Douglas Knehans and Ellen Ruth Harrison. He graduated with honors from the University of Connecticut in 2015, where he studied composition with Dr. Kenneth Fuchs and trumpet performance with Dr. Louis Hanzlik.