Heather Niemi Savage’s music explores universal questions of essence and finding beauty and joy in the midst of suffering, resulting in evocative pieces that take listeners on a journey which nourishes the soul, stimulates healing, and builds empathy. Savage draws on her own experiences, her love of the natural world, literature, and faith; her compositional style is informed by her training in classical, jazz, musical theater, sacred music, and life-long interest in world music.
Savage’s compositions have been performed throughout the United States, including performances by the North-South Consonance, the Great Woods Symphony, and by saxophonist Lawrence Gwodz, as well as being included in the national conference of the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers, the 2016 Rhode Island All-State Festival, and the 2017 New Music Festival in Fitchburg MA. Additionally, her work has been featured on the radio programs “Music of Our Mothers” and “Classical Discoveries.” Her piece, Daughter of the Stars, placed second in the 2020 American Prize composition competition (pops/light-music division) and was released on Ablaze Records’s Orchestral Masters Volume 7.
Savage earned a Bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Rhode Island, and later studied music composition with Larry Bell in Boston MA. In addition to composing, she also works as a collaborative pianist, music teacher, blogger, and herbalist. She also serves as the music director at her church and as Vice President and Secretary of the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers.