Heather Armstrong is Associate Professor of Oboe and Theory at Luther College in Decorah, IA, where she has the pleasure of working with one of the largest oboe studios in the area. She is the principal oboist of wcfsymphony (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony) and is a founding member of the Talus Trio, a Luther College faculty woodwind trio. During the summer she serves on the faculty of Dorian Summer Music Camps and Lutheran Summer Music, a four-week residential music training and performance program for high school students.
Heather is dedicated to supporting and performing new music, and has received grants from the Hanson Institute of American Music and Luther College’s Ylvisaker Endowment for Faculty Growth to support the commissioning and performing of new pieces. In 2008 she premiered “Cast Me Away,” a piece for oboe and percussion by Sun Mi Ro, at the International Double Reed Convention in Provo, UT. She is excited to be premiering a new work for oboe and orchestra by Brooke Joyce with wcfsymphony in April, 2014.
Heather received her D.M.A. and M.M. degrees from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with Richard Killmer. She received her BM degree from Houghton College and has also studied at the Banff Centre and the Chautauqua Institution. Before teaching at Luther College, she held teaching positions at Houghton College, Hochstein School of Music and Dance, Roberts Wesleyan College, and Eastman Community Music School. She has performed with the La Crosse Symphony, Dubuque Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, Binghamton Philharmonic, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Rochester Chamber Orchestra, and the Equinox Symphony. She has also appeared in solo and chamber music recitals throughout the country, most recently at the Rochester Chamber Music Society, Cedar Vally Chamber Music Festival, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Iowa, Augsburg College, the University of Northern Iowa, Winona State University.