Heather Baldwin Killmeyer serves as Assistant Professor of Double Reeds at East Tennessee State University. She previously was on the faculty of University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. An active artist-clinician, Dr. Killmeyer has taught clinics and master classes in California, Nevada, Texas, Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Her orchestral experience includes 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, Knoxville Symphony, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and the contemporary group Nimbus Ensemble. She is also principal oboe of the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio and performs throughout south Texas and the Tri-Cities region.
Dr. Killmeyer has performed at International Double Reed Society conference in Birmingham, UK, Provo, UT, Norman, OK, and Redlands, CA and presented at College Music Society conferences in Knoxville, TN and Missoula, MT. Her summer engagements have included the Hot Springs Music Festival, National Music Festival, Mozart Festival Texas, and the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria. She has worked with 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.
Dr. Killmeyer’s research interests include performance studies and cultivating new audiences through creative programming in non-traditional venues. She is the oboist and artistic director of Dada Cabaret, an experimental chamber ensemble blending eclectic contemporary art music with spoken narrative and elements of theatre. Dr. Killmeyer has participated in numerous commissions and premieres of new works for oboe, and is the recipient of a $10,000 major research grant to commission a new work by composer Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin.
Dr. Killmeyer received her degrees from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (B.M.), the University of Nevada Las Vegas (M.M.) and the University of Southern California (D.M.A.).