Biography

Kurt Heinecke has been a professional composer, musician, and producer for almost 40 years.  He is probably best known for his 25 years of work with Big Idea Productions, as the Director of Music for the “VeggieTales” and “3-2-1 Penguins” video series. Roles included co-writing songs (i.e. The Hairbrush Song, His Cheeseburger, VeggieTales Theme Song), writing score (including two full-length feature movies), performance (that’s him playing Larry’s tuba…), programming, and production. Kurt’s work has sold over 75 million video and audio units, garnered 7 Dove Awards, and caused more than one student to pick the tuba in beginner band. Since then, Kurt has worked as a freelance composer and musician with clients such as Disney, Sesame Workshop, Blizzard Entertainment, CBN, and TBN. Currently he is the Director of Music and composer for Andrew Peterson’s series, “The Wingfeather Saga”.

Kurt began arranging, trumpet playing, and singing in junior high.  By high school he was playing any brass instrument he could find, arranging for a Dixieland band, and directing a German band. He received his BA in music education, with an emphasis in band and choral conducting, from Luther College. While there, he was president of Nordic Choir, under the direction of Weston Noble. Following college, Kurt was a general music teacher in the Bahamas, a band director in Chicago, a touring musician, and a church music director. Kurt has also been the Assistant Artistic Director for Music City Strings, a premier performance and touring string ensemble that his two sons have been involved in, touring Europe, China, and Canada, and performing with Grammy-winning artists such as Vince Gill, Amy Grant, and Michael W. Smith.

Kurt keeps busy as a freelance composer, musician, and photographer, surrounded by hundreds of instruments in his Nashville-based studio.  With his three kids (and two of their spouses) all full-time music teachers, Kurt and his wife, Judy, are adjusting to being empty-nesters!

Academic Qualifications

  • BA, Music Education, band and choral emphasis, Luther College

Commissions & Awards

  • 7 Gospel Music Association Dove Awards for Big Idea’s “VeggieTales” composition and production
  • Song-writer on dozens of Gold and Platinum videos, along with multiple gold and platinum records
  • Composer on the movie Saleem, winning Best Soundtrack Award at Italy’s Cartoons on the Bay
  • Commission for Chorale Prelude: “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”
  • Bandworld Magazine top 100 new pieces for band- “Patapan”
  • Editor’s choice, J.W. Pepper- “Patapan”- band and orchestra

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Featured Works/Titles

  • Chorale Prelude: “Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence”

    By: Kurt Heinecke

    Holiday

  • Ukrainian Bell Carol

    By: Kurt Heinecke

    Holiday

  • Patapan

    By: Kurt Heinecke

    Holiday

  • Ukrainian Bell Carol

    By: Kurt Heinecke

    Holiday

  • Patapan

    By: Kurt Heinecke

    Holiday

  • It Is Well

    By: Kurt Heinecke

    Lyrical

  • A Christmas Procession

    By: Kurt Heinecke

    Holiday