Katherine Heater

  • Teacher of Special Programs, Early Keyboard Instruments

  • Phone: 510-459-1582
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Teaching early keyboards to university students is one of the best parts of my career. I began to study harpsichord while a student at UC Berkeley myself, and I remember the excitement I felt at discovering the 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 keyboard before 1790 is also an important part of 150 instruction.


Katherine Heater has performed throughout the United States, including with the Sun Valley Summer Symphony, The Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, Catacoustic Consort of Viols in Cincinnati, and at the Berkeley Early Music Festival, The Whidbey Island Music Festival, the Bloomington Early Music Festival, and the Tropical Baroque Festival of Miami. She has performed abroad in Iceland, Taiwan, France, and the Netherlands.

Since 1996 Katherine has made her home in the San Francisco Bay Area where she is a frequent performer with early music groups such as Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Voices of Music, Musica Pacifica, and Artifice. 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, she 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 Music Center, as well as at the San Francisco Early Music Society’s summer workshops.