Heather Heron-Mykyte, MMus, BMus

Ambrose Sessional Faculty - Viola
Sessional Faculty - Viola

Biography

With more than 25 years professionally teaching and performing, Heather Heron-Mykyte has founded a distinguished musical career playing viola and violin. Sharing her music with students and audiences across Canada, Heather has been playing music since the age of 6.
Heather began her professional journey at Mount Royal College Conservatory, where she received a diploma in Music Performance in 1990. After Mount Royal, Heather pursued and completed a Bachelor of Music degree from McGill University and University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1994. From 1994 to 1996 Heather completed a Master of Performance degree in Viola from UBC under the direction of the esteemed professor Gerald Stanick.

Heather’s performance career began in the early 1990s playing with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Opera, CBC Orchestra, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. This classical experience was complimented with orchestral support in many travelling popular shows such as Fiddler on the Roof, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, Diana Krall, and K.D. Lang.

In 1998, Heather settled in Calgary where she established herself as a member of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s viola section. Over the next decade, Heather played with many exceptional artists and the esteemed Music Directors Hans Graf, Mario Bernardi and Roberto Minczuk.
After a decade of performing full-time, Heather began to pursue her passion for teaching and continued performing with many choirs and orchestras in Calgary and in Alberta. Heather’s passion for music education has grown, teaching students of all ages with an emphasis on music as a core life skill. This approach has attracted a diverse studio of students who study viola and violin. Alongside her own studio work, Heather does sessional instruction with western Canadian youth orchestras, and Calgary Catholic & Calgary Public School Boards. Heather is a sessional instructor at Ambrose University.