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Eastern Standard

Eastern Standard was formed in the fall of 2014 at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Comprised of the faculty members from the IUP Music Department, the group is actively involved in promoting literature for this instrumentation through performance and the pursuit of commissioning projects. Eastern Standard has already lined up an active schedule of engagements for the fall and looks forward to upcoming performances and classes throughout Pennsylvania and New York.

Heidi Lucas, horn, is currently Visiting Assistant Professor of Horn at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She holds degrees from the Crane School of Music-SUNY Potsdam (B.M.), the Eastman School of Music (M.M), and the University of Georgia (D.M.A). Her orchestral experience includes the Louisiana Philharmonic, Memphis Symphony, Lancaster Philharmonic, Aspen Festival Orchestra, Cobb Symphony Orchestra, Columbus (GA) Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Pops Orchestra, Pensacola Symphony, Gulf Coast Symphony, Meridian Symphony, Pensacola Opera Orchestra, Mobile Opera Orchestra, and the Mobile Symphony.

In addition to extensive teaching and chamber music experience including residencies and tours throughout the United States, England, Brazil, Germany, Austria, and Panama, Dr. Lucas is currently a member of the Hoodlebug Brass Quintet and IUP Faculty Wind Quintet, as well as the Blenheim Brass Trio. She is active in promoting new music and has been part of commissioning projects for over 15 new works that feature the horn. Summer teaching/performing engagements include positions with the Ash Lawn Opera Company (Virginia), Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp (Michigan), Saarburger Serenaden Music Festival (Germany), and the Alfredo Saint Malo Festival (Panama). Dr. Lucas has performed on programs at the 2014 International Horn Symposium in London, England, 2014 International Tuba/Euphonium Conference (ITEC) in Bloomington, IN, 2013 International Horn Symposium in Memphis, TN, 2012 International Tuba/Euphonium Conference (ITEC) in Linz, Austria, 2012 International Horn Symposium in Denton, TX, and the 2012 Mid-South Horn Workshop in Conway, AR, as well as part of several Southeast Horn Workshops. She has had several publications, including reviews in the Horn Call and articles in the Grove Dictionary of American Music. Dr. Lucas can be heard on the New York Philomusica’s 2008 recording of Haydn’s L’isola Disabitata and Centaur Records’ The Voice of the Coelecanth: Music of William Bergsma, which will be released in February of 2015.

Zach Collins, tuba, is associate professor of Tuba and Euphonium at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. At IUP, Zach teaches applied lessons to all tuba and euphonium majors, leads the IUP Tubaphonium Ensemble, and teaches music history and theory. Zach performs with the Hoodlebug Brass Quintet (IUP’s faculty brass quintet), Keystone Wind Ensemble, and Keystone Chamber Winds and is currently acting principal tuba with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
Recent solo and chamber engagements have taken him to Russia, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, New York, and Washington, D.C., in addition to Pennsylvania. His interpretation of William Kraft’s “Encounters II for Solo Tuba” was released on Cambria Master Recordings in August 2009. Zach has performed with ensembles such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, Festival Orchestra of the San Luis Obispo Mozart Festival, Riverside County Philharmonic, Santa Barbara Symphony, Monterey Symphony, Texas Chamber Orchestra, Texas Wind Symphony, and the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra as well as on several motion pictures, including Spider-Man 3, Pirates of the Carribean: At World’s End, X-Men 3, Bobby, Next, Rocky Balboa, and Live Free or Die Hard.

Zach Collins earned his Bachelor of Music in Tuba Performance from Texas Christian University (2003) and his Master of Music (2005) and Doctor of Music (2007) in Tuba Performance from the University of Southern California. While at TCU, Zach’s primary studies were with Richard Murrow, a freelance musician in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. At USC, his teachers were Jim Self and Tommy Johnson, both studio musicians, and Norm Pearson, principal tubist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Jacob Ertl, piano, a native of Appleton, Wisconsin, has performed across the United States, and abroad in Europe, Israel, Canada, and Mexico. A winner of numerous national and international competitions, Ertl has debuted at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in NYC, on Chicago Radio’s Live from WFMT series, Wisconsin Public Radio’s Live from the Elvehjem series, and performed with the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra and Fox Valley Symphony. He is regularly invited to give guest recitals at universities/colleges like Lawrence University Conservatory of Music, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Alverno College, Mount Mary College, and Marshall University. He frequently performs solo and chamber music at festivals, including the Gijon International Piano Festival, Tel-Hai Piano Master Classes, Nice International Music Academy, Banff Piano Master Classes, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Pianofest in the Hamptons, Lake George Music Festival, the Quartet Program, TCU/Van Cliburn Institute, and the Heifetz Institute.

A strong advocate of music outreach, Ertl has been the artist-in-residence fellow for PianoArts for seven years, where he has performed hundreds of interactive outreach concerts and collaborated with over 20 public schools, colleges, and universities. This past summer, Ertl also gave numerous education concerts at the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival using four unique interactive programs.

An avid supporter of music of our time, Ertl regularly programs new music and is currently a member of the Eastman Broadband contemporary music ensemble, with whom he has recently toured to Mexico (Chihuahua International Music Festival) and New York (Americas Society, Symphony Space). He has also given lecture recitals on Frederic Rzewski’s “De Profundis” for speaking pianist.

Ertl completed the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with and served as teaching assistant for Nelita True. He also earned his master’s degree from Eastman and his bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, studying with Robert Shannon. He has also studied regularly with Arie Vardi, Vladimir Krainev, Pascal Roge, Julian Martin, Robert McDonald, Emanuel Krasovsky, and Michael Kim, among others. He previously taught on the faculty of the Hochstein School of Music and Dance and as an applied piano and class piano instructor at the Eastman School of Music and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Ertl is currently assistant professor of Piano at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and is on the summer piano faculty at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and the Dakota Sky International Piano Festival.