With over 25 years of music and performing arts experience from Ontario to British Columbia, Heather Christiansen has worked with a variety of non-profit arts organizations, ranging from youth and professional orchestras, community choirs, dance and musical theatre groups.
Heather has a Bachelor of Music degree from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of British Columbia. She began her career working for a professional theatre company (LIVENT) and the Toronto Centre for the Arts. Heather followed her passion for the performing arts and choral conducting to Vancouver to pursue her love of arts education, the ocean air and the thrill of hiking mountains!
Heather is past Music Director of Crofton House School, York House Choirs, Zing Children’s Choir, with humble beginnings as assistant conductor Bach Children’s Choir and Cantabile Choirs of Kington. Heather’s concert highlights as a music director include collaborative concerts with Diane Loomer and Chor Leoni for the National Carl Orff conference, Vancouver Symphony Kids Concert Series and award winning performances with a wide range of youth choirs at the BC Kiwanis Choral Provincial Festival, Banff International Music Festival, Cantando and Whistler Music Festivals. Heather has been recognized for her conducting abilities with the Don Wright Scholarship in Vocal & Choral Music Education, Edward Somppi Award for Musical Direction and Conducting, and the George N. Maybee Memorial Scholarship for Choral Conducting.
Heather has a passion for Canadian Contemporary music and has commissioned works for choir and orchestra by Canadian Composers Jordan Nobles and Matthew Emery. As an ensemble singer, Heather was proud to be a member of Jubilate! Vocal Ensemble and perform premiere performances of Requiem for Peace by Canadian Composer, Larry Nickels in Vancouver, BC, on tour in Germany in 2015 and at the 2016 Kathaumixw International World Choir Competition in Powell River BC.
Moving to the Quinte area in 2017, Heather enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband and two children. She loves paddle boarding, the peaceful sights and sounds of nature and reading a good book.