Heather Beaty. Flutist. Teacher.
At five years of age, Heather began her music education at the Vancouver Academy of Music where she quickly developed a love for the performing musical arts. Heather made her solo debut with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at the age of 17, performing Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto with harpist Joy Yeh in Vancouver's historic Orpheum Theatre.
Heather furthered her music education with the pursuit of both Bachelor ('10) and Master of Music ('12) degrees from the University of British Columbia. During her college years, Heather studied with some of North America's finest flutists; Vancouver Opera Orchestra Principal Flutist Brenda Fedoruk, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra Principal Flutist Christie Reside and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Principal Flutist Lorna McGhee.
Heather has established herself as an active freelance flutist in Vancouver, BC. She supports vibrant teaching studios at the Vancouver Academy of Music and Saint George’s School, and performs with orchestras such as the Vancouver Island Symphony, The Vancouver Metropolitan Symphony and the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra. Heather performs regularly 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.
In her teaching capacity at the Vancouver Academy of Music, Heather leads the aspiring young students as the school's Suzuki Flute Department Head and Co-Director of VAMIS's Wind Section. These professional milestones are testaments to the devotion Heather has for her students and the importance she values for music education in the community.
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. 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. Heather plans to present her own concert series in Vancouver in the near future.
In the summer months, Heather enjoys traveling abroad to pursue performance opportunities outside of British Columbia. Some highlights include Heather’s tour across Canada 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. Heather recently travelled to Central America where she volunteered with the non-profit society MusAid as a Teaching Fellow for the National Youth Orchestra of Belize.
Heather is thrilled to announce her appointment as Principal Flute with the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, which commenced fall 2014.