Heather is a multi-faceted performing arts professional based in Vancouver, BC who is passionate about welcoming the timeless traditions of classical music into new spaces for 21st Century audiences. Heather’s musical education began at the age of five when she began studying the Suzuki Flute Method at the Vancouver Academy of Music. Heather was fortunate to be immersed in a supportive and encouraging musical environment from an early age, and quickly learned to play the flute in the same manner that many children learn to speak. Heather soon knew that music would always be a part of her life.
Heather proceeded to further her music education with Bachelor ('10) and Master of Music ('12) degrees from the University of British Columbia. During these formative years, Heather studied with some of North America's finest flutists; Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Principal Flutist Lorna McGhee, Vancouver Opera Orchestra Principal Flutist Brenda Fedoruk, and Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Principal Flutist Christie Reside. Heather travelled across Canada and Europe to participate in the Domaine Forget session in Quebec, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, the William Bennet Summer Music Course in London, England, the Summerakademie at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and Pragwienbudapest Masterclasses in Vienna. During these sessions, she had the opportunity to perform for the acclaimed flutists such as William Bennett, Denis Bouriakov, Peter Lukas-Graf, and Kersten McCall.
Heather will always fondly look back on her Canadian tour with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada (’13) and performances of Mozart’s operatic masterpiece Die Zauberflöte with the North Czech Philharmonic (’10) in Prague’s Estates Theatre, the same theatre where Mozart premiered his opera Don Giovanni in 1787, as well as her trio to Central America where she volunteered with the non-profit society MusAid as a Teaching Fellow for the National Youth Orchestra of Belize.
Heather enjoys a fulfilling performance career as a freelance flutist with a number of regional symphony orchestras in British Columbia. She has performed with the Prince George Symphony Orchestra, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, the Vancouver Island Symphony Orchestra, Aventa Ensemble, Kamloops Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Heather also performs as a Health Arts Society Artist and regularly presents chamber music concerts in hospitals and care centres with her flute and guitar ensemble Duo Trovador. She is proud to be completing her fifth season with the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra as their Principal Flute.
Heather is also a devoted music teacher. She is proud to support a vibrant teaching studio at the Vancouver Academy of Music where she leads a studio of aspiring young flute players, as well as teaches music theory. She is the Suzuki Flute Department Head at the Vancouver Academy of Music, which is a role that she holds most dear due to its personal connection to her beginnings as a flutist. Heather loves working with young children, and is in awe of their keen curiosity and courage to explore.
In addition to an interest in music education and performance, Heather is also passionate about concert curation. In 2012 Heather founded UBC’s Classical Music Collective Music on the Mind as a self-directed study during her Masters. This collective provided UBC Music students an opportunity to perform concerts in unique venues around campus, outside of the UBC School of Music designated performance spaces. Heather attended the Banff Centre’s “Concert as Theatre” and “Concert in the 21st Century” artistic residencies to further this concept. In April 2017, Heather completed an Advanced Certificate in Arts and Entertainment Management from Capilano University as a means to further her expertise in this field.
Some recent career highlights for Heather include her performances of “Sounding the Sophia” in November 2018 where she had the opportunity to conceptualize, develop, and create a performance project in Mountain View Cemetery, a historically poignant venue for the performance. Heather looks forward to a future of presenting more concerts for Vancouver audiences that explore unique and compelling stories with meaningful and beautiful music.
Heather believes that classical music has relevancy in the past, present, and future by means of curious and creative concert conceptualization.