Heather Hamilton began working at UNI in 2016. Originally from Moline, IL, music performance and education has always been an important part of Heather’s life. With two parents that worked as musicians and educators, she could not help but follow in their footsteps!
Heather holds a Master of Music Education degree with an emphasis in Clarinet Pedagogy from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Her capstone project focused on how to utilize the National Standards of Music and Comprehensive Musicianship in beginning clarinet instruction. She graduated from Western Illinois University with a Clarinet Performance degree. Heather’s primary clarinet instructors include Andrea Splittberger-Rosen, Molly Paccione, Eric Ginsberg, and Himie Voxman.
Heather has several years of experience working in music retail, and managing various music lesson studios. As a clarinetist, Heather has had the pleasure of performing in a variety of groups, including playing professionally with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra, the Quad City Opera Company, and the Quad City Symphony. She also performed with the Central Kentucky Concert Band, which is recognized as the premier adult concert band in the Commonwealth. Heather has taught clarinet for several years, in Illinois, Wisconsin, Kentucky, and now Iowa. She was an adjunct faculty member at Black Hawk College and was a faculty instructor at the UW-Stevens Point, Arts and Culture Outreach program.