Heather Powell

A native of Marin County, California, Heather began playing the violin at the age of four. She has studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Zaven Melikian and subsequently with Eva Gruesser and with Marylou Speaker Churchill at the New England Conservatory of Music. Heather also received instruction at Music Academy of the West in the summer of 1998 under the tutelage of Kathleen Winkler. She has played in masterclasses with Josef Gingold, Franco Gulli and Isaac Stern, part of whose class was featured in a special produced by NBC’s “Today Show.”

Heather has received awards for solo performance from the Harvard Musical Association and the National Foundation for Advancement in the Arts and as a chamber musician at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition Junior Division. She has performed as soloist with the New England String Ensemble, the Gordon Symphony Orchestra, the Phillips Exeter Academy Chamber Orchestra, the Marin Music Conservatory Orchestra and the Marin Symphony Orchestra, playing concerti by Bach, Mozart and Tchaikovsky. In 1999, during her senior year of highschool, she released an album of diverse works for violin and piano collaborating with pianist, Joy Cline of Boston. Selections from the album can be heard on the sound clips page.

After finishing her prep studies at NEC, Heather received her B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Social Studies from Harvard University, having spent a year also at the Universita’ di Genova in Italy. She currently lives in Davis and teaches both at the Sacramento School of Music and at her home studio. Heather performs regularly with many of the regions orchestras. She is a member of the Sacramento Philharmonic violin section, Concertmaster of the Merced Sympony and Associate Concertmaster of the Stockton Symphony. Heather plays on an 1865 J.B. Vuillaume violin.