Lonnie Hevia

Visiting Professor of Music

Music is more than a series of sounds for us to listen to and enjoy, it is a reflection of who we are. It is an expression of our culture, of our values, and of our identity. I like to think that the more we learn about music, the more we learn about what it is to be a human being living on this planet, sharing our lives with other human beings. The more we learn about music, the more we learn ourselves.

  • DMA, composition, Peabody Conservatory of Music
  • MM, music theory pedagogy, Peabody Conservatory of Music
  • MM, composition, Florida State University
  • BM, composition, Florida State University


Lonnie Hevia


Lonnie Hevia studied composition with John Boda and Ladislav Kubik at Florida State University, and with Christopher Theofanidis, Michael Hersch, and Nicholas Maw at The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. He has presented music in master classes and taken individual lessons with Christopher Rouse, Justin Dello Joio, Chen Yi, Libby Larson, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, and John Corigliano. His music has been performed throughout the United States. It has been presented at the TUTTI Festival at Denison University, the Mise-En Music Festival in New York City, the Aries Composers Festival at Colorado State University, the Midwest Graduate Music Consortium at the University of Chicago, and it has been programmed on concerts at conferences hosted by Society of Composers, Inc. and by The College Music Society.

Dr. Hevia started teaching music theory in 1998 during his master's program at Florida State University, and he has served on the faculties of Towson University and the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. He joined the faculty at the Stetson University School of Music in 2014. Throughout his extensive teaching career he has taught music theory, counterpoint, form and analysis, aural training, functional keyboard, composition, orchestration, music culture, and the history of popular music. At Stetson, he also teaches a first-year seminar on countercultural artwork of the 1950s and '60s that explores the literature of the Beat Generation, the music of the hippies, and the art of Andy Warhol and Fluxus.

More About Lonnie Hevia

Areas of Expertise

  • Music Theory
  • Composition
  • Popular Music
  • Countercultural Music and Art

Course Sampling

  • Music Theory
  • Music Culture
  • Orchestration
  • History of Popular Music

  • Aggressive energy of rock 'n' roll
  • Harmonic and rhythmic complexity of jazz
  • Melodic lyricism and emotional immediacy of popular music
  • Dramatic form of concert music 

Hevia, Lonnie. "I Am and I Watch the Drama of Works," for flute and cello. Track 7 on Dreaming in Color. The Jano Duo. Albany Records, 2017.