Heather Killmeyer enjoys a varied career as a recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician,
and educator. She currently serves as Assistant Professor of Double Reeds at East
Tennessee State University. She previously was on the faculty at the University of
the Incarnate Word and maintained a large private studio in San Antonio, Texas.
An active artist-clinician, Dr. Killmeyer has taught clinics and masterclasses in
California, Nevada, Texas, Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. She has appeared
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, and the Knoxville Symphony. 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.
A sought after chamber musician, she served as principal oboist of the Chamber Orchestra
of San Antonio, and has performed with the San Francisco Chamber Orchestra and the
contemporary group Nimbus Ensemble. As oboist of the Crosswinds Wind Quintet, she
completed a teaching residency at the University of Tennessee-Martin. Her live studio
performance with the Sierra Winds aired on KNPR.
Dr. Killmeyer has performed at International Double Reed Society conferences in Birmingham,
UK; Provo, Utah; Norman, Oklahoma; Redlands, California; and Tokyo, Japan. An active
member of the College Music Society, she has presented recitals and papers at conferences
in Knoxville, Tennessee; Missoula, Montana; and Vancouver, British Columbia. Her recent
performances include original compositions for solo oboe and her arrangements for
amplified oboe and electronics.
Dr. Killmeyer's summer engagements have included the Hot Springs Music Festival, National
Music Festival, Mozart Festival Texas, and the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt,
Austria. Since 2015, she has annually served as one of only two oboists worldwide
to perform at the International Fellowship of Conductors, Composers, and Collaborators.
Along with performing, Dr. Killmeyer's research interests include audience engagement
and sustainability. She is the creator, artistic director, and oboist of Dada Cabaret,
an experimental chamber ensemble blending eclectic contemporary art music with spoken
narrative and elements of theatre. In 2016, Dr. Killmeyer received a Community Engagement
Seed Grant from the College Music Society to produce Dada Cabaret's Halloween show,
which incorporated historical events involving workers' rights protests at the Bemberg
rayon factory in Elizabethton, Tennessee.
A passionate advocate for new music, Dr. Killmeyer has participated in numerous commission
projects. She received a major grant from the ETSU Research Development Committee
to commission a new work by composer Lev "Ljova" Zhurbin for oboe, bluegrass band,
and narrator. Appalachian Wind: A Faustian Tale was premiered at the Appalachian Studies
Association National Conference in 2015, and she performed the trio version of the
work in Tokyo, Japan later that year. Her 2014 faculty recital featured the premiere
of Oboe Sonata No. 2 by Bill Douglas. In 2015, she premiered Bill Douglas' Trio for
Flute, Oboe, and Piano with Krista Jobson. Her performance of Eugene Goossens' Oboe Concerto, Op. 45 is published in College
Heather Killmeyer earned her Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Southern
California, where she studied oboe with Allan Vogel and chamber music with David Weiss
and Yehuda Gilad. She completed her Master of Music with Stephen Caplan at the University
of Nevada Las Vegas. She earned her Bachelor of Music from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory
of Music as a student of Mark Ostoich, and was a recipient of the Marcel Dandois Award.
She has had additional studies with Jared Hauser and Brenda Schuman-Post on oboe and
Sharon Kuster on bassoon.