Born and raised in the Arizona desert, Dr. Heather B. Suchodolski is an active chamber and orchestral musician and teacher in the Dallas – Fort Worth metro area. As the recipient of awards for her participation in the University of North Texas’ Center for Chamber Music Studies, she continues to foster her love for small ensembles, through performances with the Impact Brass Quintet and DFW Brass, while encouraging her students to perform in small ensembles.
In addition to experience as an Applied Horn Teaching Fellow at the University of North Texas, Dr. Heather is currently Adjunct Faculty at Collin College in Plano, TX; for the 2011-12 academic year, Dr. Heather fulfilled an appointment to faculty at the University of Nevada – Reno, teaching Applied Horn and Music Appreciation (MUS121.1009), and she has served as Interim Faculty at Tarleton State University (Stephenville, TX).
Outside of the collegiate setting, Dr. Heather maintains a large private studio of horn students from a dozen of the finest band programs in the Dallas – Fort Worth metro area. Annually, Dr. Heather’s students successfully audition into the highly competitive All-Region Band for Texas Music Educators Association Region 2, and thanks in part to her weekly horn sectionals and masterclasses, her students from Hebron High School (Carrollton, TX) have earned second place in the 2016 Texas UIL State Marching Band Competition, while preparing to perform at the 2016 Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic. Dr. Heather’s students frequently continue to study music upon graduation from high school, continuing to foster a love of music through their university years.
Dr. Heather graduated Magna cum Laude from the University of Arizona, where she studied with Dr. Keith Johnson and Mr. Daniel Katzen, and earned Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of North Texas, under the direction of Dr. William Scharnberg. Her primary teachers include the previously listed professors, as well as Dr. Douglas Campbell, the subject of her doctoral dissertation.
Dr. Heather performs regularly with DFW Brass, the Lone Star Wind Orchestra, and the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra. When not practicing, rehearsing, performing, or helping others of the proper pronunciation of her somewhat tricky surname (it's Such-a-doll-skee), Dr. Heather enjoys painting, cooking, traveling, and good coffee. (Just kidding, good coffee is always necessary!)