UT’s Butler School of Music has awarded composer Jake Heggie the $40,000 Eddie Medora King Award, the school announced today.

Jake Heggie’s “Moby-Dick.” Dallas Opera.

Given approximately every two years, the award is to a living composer who has achieved excellence.

The award comes with a residency at the Butler School during which Heggie will conduct master classes.

Heggie’s acclaimed operas include “Moby-Dick,” “The End of the Affair” and “Out of Darkness.”

Next season, the Butler School will perform a double of bill of Heggie’s operas “Three Decembers” and “At the Statue of Venus,” a piece which will have new orchestration. They will be performed in February 2016.

In 2002, Austin Opera produced Heggie’s much-lauded opera “Dead Man Walking” with a libretto by Terrence McNally.

Jake Heggie

Past recipientso f the King Award include Chen Yi (1999), John Corigliano (2001), Joan Tower (2005), John Adams (2007) and Kevin Puts (2013).

“Jake is a gifted teacher as well as as a masterful composer,” said Mary Ellen Poole, director of the Butler School. “Our opera and composition students are fortunate indeed that he’ll be on campus next year to share musical and life lessons with them.”