Heather has had the privilege of working under the batons of many renowned conductors, including Riccardo Muti, Bernard Haitink, Sir Andrew Davis, Esa-Pekka Salonen, David Robertson, Sir Mark Elder, Giancarlo Guerrero, and Cliff Colnot, among others. She has also shared the stage with world class musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma.
In addition to previous engagements, Heather returned for her fourth UK tour performing Principal Flute with Chamber Opera Chicago. She played Principal Flute/Piccolo for the 2014-2015 season of the Skylight Music Theatre in Milwaukee, WI, as well as Acting Third Flute & Piccolo for the 2014-2015 season of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. She also held the Acting Principal Flute position for the 2013-2014 season of the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra. She has performed with numerous orchestras in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, and Wisconsin.
Equally as passionate about education and teaching, Heather maintains a private flute studio, coaches sectionals, judges competitions, and teaches masterclasses. She is on flute faculty at Eastern Washington University, Spokane Falls Community College, and Holy Names Music Center. Recent engagements include masterclasses at Washington State University and the University of Oregon, as well as judging the preliminary round of the Piccolo Artist Competition for the National Flute Association.
Heather holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from the University of Oregon (Eugene, OR) and a Masters Degree in Music Performance from DePaul University (Chicago, IL). Her primary teachers include Jennifer Gunn, Piccoloist of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Mary Stolper, Principal Flutist of the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra.
Heather lives with her husband Skyler, bass trombonist of the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, their two cats, Lily and Oreo, and their rescue dog, Darby in Spokane, WA. Outside of music, Heather enjoys traveling, hiking, working on their new house, dining out, and enjoying time with her family and friends.