B.S., B.M., University of Maryland at College Park; M.M., Peabody Conservatory


Heather Arnold is a native of Maryland, but has been teaching and playing bassoon in Fayetteville, NC. for the past eight years. She is currently the adjunct professor of bassoon at Methodist University and the University of NC. at Pembroke. She also teaches private bassoon lessons at Snyder Music Academy and at several middle and high schools throughout the area. For the past three years, she has been a double-reed adjudicator for All-District Band auditions. Heather also plays in the Snyder Church Orchestra, is a member of the FayAllegro wind quintet, and is a free-lance performer in Fayetteville, Southern Pines, and Wilmington.

Before moving to Fayetteville, Heather earned both her Masters degree and Graduate Performance Diploma in bassoon performance from Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, Md. She studied with Linda Harwell (National Symphony). Heather also earned her Bachelor of Music degree and Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland at College Park. Throughout her studies, she played second bassoon in the National Philharmonic and Gettysburg Symphony Orchestra, and was an active free-lance performer in Maryland, D.C., and Virginia.

Since 2000, Heather has been making Baroque and Contra bassoon reeds for James Kopp Reeds in Oregon. She has also given master classes in reed-making for music education students at UMCP, and enjoys teaching the art of reed-making to her current students.