Player Spotlight ~ Heather Ensley ~ Violinist, Teacher

Opus 585, Golden Strad violin, 2007

“I have loved the sound of my violin from the first bow stroke. The quality of its tone and craftsmanship are exceptional by any standard. My violin is my most prized possession, my trusted friend, and my constant companion. I am very proud to own it.”

Robert Garbarz Heather Ensley, a New England native, is currently pursuing a Master of Music in Performance and Literature at Brandon University where she studies with Kerry DuWors. Heather has held Graduate Teaching Assitantships in music theory and aural skills at BU and serves as concertmaster of the Brandon University Symphony Orchestra. Heather earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Canadian University College as a student of Naomi Delafield and Jennifer Penner, and was privileged to tour throughout the U.S. and Canada as concertmaster and soloist with the Canadian University College Chamber Orchestra.

Other mentors include Andrea Neumann, Liesl Schoenberger, Mimi Bravar, and Robert Eschbach.

An avid performer, Heather has presented a number of solo recitals and performances, and enjoys playing chamber music and participating in music festivals.

Heather is a passionate music educator and maintains a busy violin studio in her home. She has studied violin pedagogy with Naomi Delafield and Kerry DuWors, and has participated in pedagogy workshops given by renowned pedagogues such as Laurie Hill, Rebecca Henry, and Elayne Ras. Heather continues to develop her craft by attending pedagogy workshops on a yearly basis.

Along with her musical interests, Heather enjoys hiking and camping in the Canadian Rockies, literature, and vegetarian cooking. She resides in Alberta with her husband Josh, a cellist, and their two cats.


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