Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota, Heather began playing the violin at age 7 after two years of convincing her parents she was ready. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music (BM) and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (MM), Heather has performed as soloist with orchestra, as a chamber musician and as an orchestral player. Heather is a regular member of the Portland Opera Orchestra, Oregon Ballet Theatre Orchestra and associate concertmaster of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra.
Heather first performed a concerto with orchestra at age 11 playing a Vivaldi concerto. She has since performed Spring and Summer from Vivaldi's Four Seasons as well as the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto in E Minor and Dvorak's Romance in F Minor to name a few. As a chamber musician Heather fell in love with string quartets while in middle school playing with her quartet several mornings a week before school. Her quartet went on to perform in masterclasses and recitals, most notably performing in a masterclass for the Turtle Island String Quartet playing one of their pieces, which they had never before heard performed. In her final year at Eastman, Heather was invited to perform Mendelssohn's Viola Quintet No. 2 in B Flat with faculty members Juliana Athayde, Carol Rodland, George Taylor and Mimi Hwang for Rochester's Food Link Benefit. Heather is a founding member of Northwest Piano Trio as well as a member of a violin and guitar duo, both performing regularly in the Portland area and beyond.
As an orchestral player, Heather has performed as concertmaster of Eastman Philharmonia and the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra as well as the Brainerd Chamber Orchestra and Minnesota All-State Orchestra. Heather's love for travel and music has taken her on tour to Europe to play with the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria (AIMS) and to South America with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas (YOA). Other music festivals include the Oregon Coast Music Festival of Coos Bay, Mendocino Music Festival, Interharmony as a student of Professor Lynn Blakeslee of Eastman, and Madeline Island Music Camp. Heather has performed with the Reno Philharmonic and holds a spot on the substitute list for the Oregon Symphony.
In addition to performing, Heather is an active and passionate educator. Under the mentorship of Grant Wilcox, Director of Orchestras and Community Education in Brainerd, Minnesota, Heather began her own private studio during middle school and continued to teach through high school, college and beyond. Heather spent time as a classroom violin teacher for second through fifth grade students at the Beach School in Portland, a dual immersion school teaching in Spanish and English and at Presidio Middle School and Starr King Elementary in San Francisco.
Aside from playing the violin, Heather is an avid swimmer and loves swimming the butterfly across the lakes of Minnesota or the San Francisco Bay (in a wetsuit, of course!) A lover of activity and the outdoors, Heather enjoys cross country skiing and the hot cocoa that follows a good ski. Heather currently resides in Portland, Oregon and travels back to the Bay Area whenever possible. Her principle violin teachers include Axel Strauss, Juliana Athayde, Frank Huang and Lynn Blakeslee.