Since May 2012, Heather Arnold has lived in Fayetteville, NC, where she is currently the bassoon instructor at Snyder Music Academy, and also teaches private bassoon lessons to students in grades 6 to 12 at schools throughout the area. She plays in the Snyder Church Orchestra, is a member of the FayAllegro wind quintet, and is a free-lance performer in Fayetteville and Southern Pines.
Before moving to Fayetteville, Heather earned both her Master's degree and Graduate Performance Diploma in bassoon performance from Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, MD. She studied with Linda Harwell (National Symphony). Heather also earned her Bachelor of Music degree and Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland at College Park. Throughout her studies, she played second bassoon in the National Philharmonic Orchestra and Gettysburg Symphony orchestra, and was an active free-lance performer in Maryland, D.C., and Virginia.
Since 2000, Heather has been making Baroque and Contra bassoon reeds for James Kopp Reeds in Oregon. She has also given master classes in reed-making for music education students at UMCP, and enjoys teaching the art of reed-making to her current students.