Canadian born clarinetist Heather Henderson is currently a faculty member in the music department at Golden West College in Huntington Beach California. As well as teaching at the college Heather has maintained a private studio for over a decade. She has experience teaching all levels of talent, from beginner to advanced. Heather is also active as a guest artist and clinician at various colleges and high schools throughout Canada and the US.

Heather graduated with a Doctor of Musical Arts in Clarinet Performance from Arizona State University (ASU). She also received a Master of Music from ASU and a Bachelor of Music from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Her major teachers include Robert Spring and Gordon Craig.

Other professional experience includes ensemble performance with the Orange County Wind Symphony, the Mesa Symphony Orchestra in Mesa Arizona and the Kingston Symphony in Ontario, Canada. Heather is also active as a commissioner and performer of contemporary works. Most recently she commissioned a concerto for clarinet and wind ensemble by Canadian composer Christien Ledroit. Heather and Christien received a grant from the Ontario Arts Council to fund this project.


Heather teaches clarinet at Golden West College and maintains a private studio in Costa Mesa California. As a clarinet teacher, Heather is dedicated to working with students individually to help them develop self-confidence, self-discipline, independent thinking, creativity and an appreciation of music. Her strength in teaching lies in her ability to help students achieve not only technical proficiency but also confidence in their creative ability.

Please contact Heather to arrange private lessons or to schedule school clinics, masterclasses and adjudications.