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Katherine Heater

Teaching young musicians harpsichord is one of my favorite parts of being an early keyboardist. I remember starting harpsichord lessons while a student at UC Berkeley myself, and the excitement I felt at discovering this instrument. In my teaching, I like to focus on the touch the student is using and the resulting tone. A survey of the different repertoires for harpsichord is also an important part of 150 instruction.


She has performed throughout the United States, including at the Berkeley Early Music Festival , the Bloomington Early Music Festival, and the Tropical Baroque Festival of Miami, as well as abroad in Iceland, Taiwan, France, and the Netherlands.

Since 1996, harpsichordist, fortepianist, and organist Katherine Heater has made her home in the San Francisco Bay Area where she is a frequent performer with early music groups such as Magnificat, Mazzetto and Voices of Music. Ms. Heater received her B.A. in music from UC Berkeley and her M.M. in historical performance from Oberlin Conservatory. Thanks to fellowships from her alma mater and Philanthropic Ventures Foundation, Ms. Heater studied early keyboards at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam. She has taught at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, San Jose State University, UC Santa Cruz, San Francisco School of the Arts and The Crowden School, as well as at three of the San Francisco Early Music Society’s summer workshops.