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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 and the excitement I felt at discovering this instrument. The focus of instruction is on touch and the resulting tone at the keyboard. A survey of the different repertoires for harpsichord, figured bass realization, and ornamentation are also an important components of 150H instruction. 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 harpsichord and fortepiano at the Sweelinck Conservatorium in Amsterdam.


Katherine 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. She performs with local early music groups such as, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Voices of Music and Musica Pacifica. She has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Baroque Chamber Orchestra of Colorado, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony and New Century Chamber Orchestra.