Henco Espag is an active conductor, composer, arranger, pianist, music director and pedagogue, as well as a native South African and an avid lover of all things LEGO.
Henco served as faculty, vocal coach and music director for the Musical Theatre Department at Westminster College of the Arts and is currently faculty at St. Peter’s University. He served as music director for Surflight Theatre, a regional theatre on Long Beach Island, NJ, and is currently music director/conductor for The Lesbian & Gay Big Apple Corps Symphonic Band, a 120-member LGBTQIA+ community concert band.
Henco is also the music/choir director for Judson Memorial Church at Washington Square Park, where he led the choir in a recording of James Adler’s 'Winter Triptych' for Albany Records.
The band premiered a co-arrangement by Henco of 'Lift Every Voice and Sing' with soloists from the Tony-award-winning Broadway revival of 'Porgy and Bess' in a virtual performance in 2021. Henco is also spearheading an annual BIPOC Composition Competition to bring new voices into the concert band milieu. The LGBAC has premiered two winners’ works so far, and looks forward to continuing to showcase more under-represented voices.
Henco also works as music director in collaboration with ASL artists, and was a part of two Broadway Signs productions at the Triad Theatre with Broadway’s, Russell Harvard. Henco was the composer and sound designer for an ASL, LGBTQIA+ musical short film, 'Disconnected', through Hearts Productions released in 2021. Currently he is co-composer for one of the first ASL musicals ever written, working towards a full production in Fall 2022.
Henco is the composer for the musical Pompeii Rising and most recently led a community project featuring a diverse cast of Judson Artists in new art and music in response to the paintings of Lee Guilliatt.
B.Mus - Berklee College of Music & MFA – Tisch School of the Arts @ NYU.