Nathaniel Heyder is a composer currently residing in New York City. He has attended festivals such as the Luzerne Music Center, the National Symphony Orchestra Summer Music Institute, the Atlantic Music Festival, and Mostly Modern Music Festival. Recognition for his compositions include the YoungArts Merit Award (2017), the Neil Rabaut Memorial Composition Scholarship from the Interlochen Arts Academy, the 2017 NextNotes High School Composition Competition award presented by the American Composer’s Forum, Honorable Mention in the Webster University CMS Young Composers Challenge, the Emerging Composer honor in the 2020 Division 2 Young Composer Competition by Tribeca New Music, and the 2021 Nief-Norf Summer Festival International Call for Scores.

His music has been performed by members of both The Cleveland Orchestra and the National Symphony Orchestra. His orchestral piece Iterations, was premiered by the CIM orchestra under JoAnn Falletta. He has also been awarded both the Donald Erb Scholarship in Composition and the Gertrude E. Freeman and Lisa Freeman Roberts Memorial Fund, presented by the Cleveland Institute of Music where he completed his undergraduate studies as a student of Keith Fitch. Nathaniel Heyder is currently pursuing his Masters degree at the Juilliard School as a student of Andrew Norman.