Arthur Theodore Hegvik
February 18, 2019
Arthur T. Hegvik, internationally acclaimed musician and teacher, died on the morning of February 18, 2019 surrounded by family in his home in Edmonds Washington.
Ted was born to Arthur and Marie Doering in 1932 in Valley City, North Dakota. He received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music from the University of Michigan. After graduation he served as principle clarinet of the Tampa Philharmonic, the St. Petersburg Symphony, and the San Carlo Opera Orchestra. He taught at the University of South Florida and the University of Tampa before moving to the Philadelphia area in 1966. There Ted served as on-call saxophonist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and soloed throughout the United States and Europe.
In the 1970s Ted recorded 4 albums for Golden Crest Records, including The Legacy of Rudy Wiedoft, the culmination of his passionate work to revive the compositions of the legendary and influential ragtime saxophone virtuoso. Ted also taught saxophone and clarinet for many years at the Hegvik School of Music with his former spouse Robin Hegvik, and during that time developed his Modern Course for Saxophone published by Henri Elkan.
In 1974 Ted joined the school of music faculty at West Chester University and served there until he retired in 1997. He moved with his family to Edmonds, Washington where he continued to publish and teach privately in his retirement.
Ted Hegvik was survived by his children Darcey, Dania, Josh and Matthew, grandchildren Nickolas, Miles and Violet and by his former spouse and dear friend Mandy Arwen. A memorial was held at the Evergreen Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Marysville, Washington where Ted was an active member for many years. His music lives on and is available to listeners on popular streaming platforms.
Evergreen UU Fellowship
1607 Fourth St.
Marysville, WA 98270