A native of Baltimore, Killmeyer's career as a double reeds specialist began in high school when she added bassoon to her serious musical studies. She soon appeared as bassoonist in chamber groups and large wind ensembles throughout northeast Maryland. Her primary teachers include Judith Famous and Sharon Kuster, principal bassoon of the San Antonio Symphony. She also studied chamber music with Mark Popkin and reedmaking with Per Hannevold of the Bergen Philharmonic.
As an oboist, Heather Killmeyer has performed with a wide variety of orchestral and chamber ensembles. She has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Symphony Silicon Valley, Ballet Silicon Valley, Las Vegas Philharmonic, Reno Philharmonic, San Antonio Symphony, Corpus Christi Symphony, Victoria Symphony, Mid-Texas Symphony, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and the contemporary group Nimbus Ensemble. She currently serves as principal oboe of the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio and freelances throughout south Texas and the tri-cities region.
Killmeyer has worked with a range of prominent artists as diverse as Marvin Stamm, Christopher O'Riley, Elizabeth Pitcairn, Anne-Marie McDermott, David Benoit, actors Martin Sheen and John Cho, and Don Vappie and the Creole Jazz Serenaders. Her media appearances include NPR's "Live at Studio One" with the Sierra Winds and broadcasts on KUSC. As an advocate for contemporary music, she has participated in numerous premieres featuring the oboe.
As solo recitalist and chamber musician, Killmeyer has performed in eclectic venues across the United States ranging from Walt Disney Concert Hall, Hollywood's Ford Amphitheater, the Fort Worth Stockyards, and the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. Devoted to expanding musical opportunities to underserved audiences, she has performed unique and experimental programs in northern California as a member of the Mortuary Orchestra of Guerneville. Killmeyer's festival participation includes the Hot Springs Music Festival, National Music Festival, Mozart Festival Texas, and the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria. An active member of the International Double Reed Society, Killmeyer presented recitals at their conferences in Norman, Oklahoma and Birmingham, UK.
Heather Killmeyer earned her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California, where she studied oboe with Allan Vogel and chamber music with David Weiss and Yehuda Gilad. While at USC she won awards for excellence in instrumental performance and chamber music. She completed her master's degree with Stephen Caplan at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, and earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music with Mark Ostoich. She has had additional studies with Jared Hauser and Brenda Schuman-Post.