Heather Dobbins is the Director of Bands at Southern Virginia University, where she conducts the Concert Band and Pep Band and teaches double reed and saxophone lessons. She also teaches Music Fundamentals and Aural Skills courses. Dobbins additionally runs the double reed studio at Washington and Lee University in Lexington. Dobbins is an active freelance bassoonist and performs regularly in Lexington, Buena Vista, Lynchburg, and Charlottesville.
Prior to relocating, Dobbins was Director of Woodwind Studies and Co-Director of the Sul Ross Marching Band at Sul Ross University, Director of Bands at Marfa ISD, and a busy freelancer and studio teacher in Texas. An avid marching junkie, she’s worked with numerous high school marching bands throughout Texas, Utah, and California and took a few summers to follow the drum corps beat.
Dobbins received her Masters in Music from the University of Utah, where she studied Bassoon Performance with Lori Wike. While at Utah, she was a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Utah Bands, working with the Marching Utes and the Wind Ensemble. Heather received her Bachelor in Music from Texas State University, where she studied Bassoon Performance with Daris Hale and Ian Davidson.
When she’s not trying to climb all the local mountains, she happily resides in Lexington with husband, Chris, daughter, Ginny, and numerous furry children.
B.M., Texas State University; M.M., University of Utah
Southern Virginia University
One University Hill Drive
Buena Vista, VA 24416
111 Landrum Hall office