Heather Dobbins

  • Instructor of Music
  • Director of Bands

Education

  • M.M. in Bassoon Performance, University of Utah, 2008
  • B.M. in Bassoon Performance, Texas State University-San Marcos, 2004

I am a passionate musician and educator who also likes to have fun. Albert Schweitzer must have had me in mind when he said, “There are two means of refuge from the miseries of life: music and cats.” The goal for my ensembles is to produce a quality product while improving as musicians and bonding as friends.


Education


  • M.M. in Bassoon Performance, University of Utah, 2008
  • B.M. in Bassoon Performance, Texas State University-San Marcos, 2004

Courses


  • Music Major: Double Reed, Saxophone, Music Fundamentals, Aural Skills, Woodwind Techniques, Secondary Instrumental Music Methods
  • Conductor of Concert Band, Marching Band, and Pep Band

Teaching Positions & Professional Experience


  • Director of Bands, Southern Virginia University, 2015-present
  • Lecturer of Applied Double Reeds, Washington & Lee University, 2016-present
  • Director of Bands, Marfa ISD, 2013-2014
  • Director of Woodwind Studies and Marching Band Co-Director, Sul Ross University, 2011-2015
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant working with the Marching Utes and the Wind Ensemble, University of Utah, 2006-2008

Scholarship & Creative Work


  • Active solo, chamber, and orchestral bassoonist with performances at International Double Reed Society conferences and solo appearances with regional and national concert ensembles
  • In demand guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator
  • Focus on innovative programming, including premiering works by living composers, collaborating with student artists, and challenging concert norms

Awards, Leadership & Service


  • International Double Reed Society Convention performer, Tampa, FL, 2019
  • International Double Reed Society Convention solo performer, Norman, OK, 2010
  • Murray Symphony Concerto Competition winner, 2009
  • Texas State University-San Marcos Concerto Competition winner, 2003
  • Stephen F. Austin State University Young Artists Scholarship Award 1998

Memberships


  • International Double Reed Society
  • Mu Phi Epsilon
  • Texas Music Educators Association