Biography


Collin G. Heade currently celebrates his sixth season as artistic director/conductor of the Westside Community & Youth Orchestra in Hillsboro; fifth season as conductor of the Junior Symphony of Vancouver; and seventh season as associate conductor for Willamette Falls Symphony. He is former artistic director/conductor/cofounder of the North Oregon Coast Symphony where for eight seasons he enjoyed outstanding approval from audiences on his creative and varied programming. 


In 2014 Collin was selected as a finalist for The American Prize in Orchestral Programming celebrating American excellence in the performing arts.


Collin has earnestly taken up composing and has written pieces for solo piano; bassoon and piano; piccolo and tuba; a trio for flute, clarinet and double bass; a piano trio for violin, cello and piano; a string quintet; two pieces for full orchestra; and a piece for SATB choir with solo instruments flute, violin, cello, piano and percussion. More information can be found on the Compositions Page of his web site PortlandCello.com. All scores, parts, and mpeg4 are available upon request.


A member of the Conductors Guild he has attended workshops with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and a Beyond the Baton seminar with members of the Norwalk Symphony. 


Mr. Heade is also a cellist and has performed as principal with the Oregon Chamber Players, Willamette Falls Symphony, and the Oregon Arts Orchestra, with whom he has toured in Munich, Salzburg, Vienna, Prague, Rome, Montecatini and Venice. He is also a member of the Oregon Chamber Players Quartet, involving flute, oboe, viola & cello.


Internationally renowned Vancouver composer, the late Matt Doran, dedicated Three Movements For Cello and Piano for Collin in 2013. 


Mr. Heade is a native Oregonian and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Portland State University. His principal teachers have included Tomas Svoboda and John Trudeau, orchestral; David Wilson, choral; Hamilton Cheifetz and Dorien de Léon, cello. 


As a long time member of the Conductors Guild, American String Teachers Association and Oregon Cello Society, Collin teaches privately at his home studio in Portland and at the Valley Catholic School in Beaverton. One of his students recently won an audition for placement in a U.S. Honors orchestra that will perform in Carnegie Hall and the Sydney Opera House in 2017.


Collin enjoys his home life immensely with spouse Cameretta. His daughter, Julie, is an Industry Relations Specialist at Banfield Pet Hospital’s headquarters in Vancouver, WA.

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