Heather is a guitarist, composer and music teacher who works and performs regularly in many different capacities around New Zealand.
She studied jazz guitar performance at the Ara Institute of Canterbury, followed by an Honours year at the University of Canterbury.
Heather has considerable experience with musical theatre. She has played: The Last Five Years (Kindle Theatre), Footloose (NASDA), Wicked (Showbiz), Alice (Free Theatre Christchurch), Mamma Mia! (Variety Theatre Ashburton), Catch Me If You Can (Blackboard Theatre Collective) and Jesus Christ Superstar (The Court Theatre).
Heather is a highly active member of the New Zealand music scene. She has performance experience as a bandleader, sideman and recording artist. She is a foundation member of the All Girl Big Band, and leads her own groups including The Stick!, Vital Organ Trio and The Blues Berries. Heather has performed around New Zealand in the International Jazz and Blues Festival, Christchurch Big Band Festival, Manawatu and Nelson Jazz Festivals, Christchurch and Hanmer Springs Arts Festivals, as well as a variety of session work and regular appearances at local music venues.
In 2017 Heather was commissioned to write and record a piece with Sumo Jazz for their album, Shiko, which was released on Rattle Records as part of the 2018 New Zealand International Jazz and Blues Festival in Christchurch.