Resume

Heather Kirkconnell

Work Experience

Heather conducting the Grace Church Choir on a Sunday morning

Director of Music, Grace Episcopal Church, Newton, MA 2015-2019

  • Planned and rehearsed music for weekly services and special services such as Evensong, Lessons and Carols, and Holy Week
  • Grew music ministry through expansion of volunteer and professional choir, creation of instrumental ensembles, and children’s music ministry
  • Partnered with Priest and Minister of Christian Formation in support of the many ministries of the congregation

Artistic Director, Woods Hole Cantata Consort, Woods Hole, MA 2017

  • Rehearsed and conducted performances of Bach Cantata BWV 98 and Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Part I with amateur chorus and professional orchestra
  • Performed fundraising outreach concert

Director of Music, First Congregational UCC, Elyria  OH 2013-2015

  • Provided vision, support, and direction in all aspects of worship and music
  • Began new children’s music ministry open to anyone in the community
  • Created new concert series in support of the food pantry

Private Music Teacher 2010-present

  • Teach piano, organ, and music theory lessons, focussing on healthy technique and enjoyment of music

Organ Technician, Oberlin College, 2007-2011

  • Maintained Conservatory organs under the supervision of the Organ Curator

Education

Diplôme de Perfectionnement from the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Versailles, France, 2011-2013  

Bachelor’s of the Arts in French Oberlin College, May 2011

Bachelor’s of Music in Performance Organ Oberlin Conservatory, May 2011

Minor in Historical Performance Harpsichord

Skills

Dalcroze Eurythmics as applied to choral work, conducting, and teaching ensembles

Handbells and advanced techniques of ringing

Web and social media platforms: Canva, WordPress, MailChimp, SoundCloud

Ukulele in ensembles and as accompaniment instrument

Drumming for accompaniment of congregational song

Studies with

Organ:
Mark Coffey (2003-2006) David Boe, (2006-2008) Marie-Louise Langlais, (2008) Jack Mitchener (2009-2011) Jean-Baptiste Robin (2011-2013) Christian Lane (2016-present)
Bruce Neswick, improvisation (2010) Noël Hazebrouqc, improvisation (2012, 2013)
Masterclasses: Olivier Latry (Paris), Pieter Van Dijk (Alkmaar), Theo Jellema (Leeuwarden), Peter Sykes (Boston)
Harpsichord: Webb Wiggins (2006-2007, 2009-2011) Lisa Goode Crawford (2011-2014)
Conducting: Valerie Josse (2012-2013)

Scholarships

Harriet Hale Woolley Scholarship (2011-2012) Fondation des Etats-Unis (15, boulevard Jourdan, Paris)
Beall Scholarship (2010) The Presbyterian Church (USA)
Edith P. Horner French Prize (2010) Oberlin College French Department