Professional Studio Southeast Portland, Oregon

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Collin G. Heade

Professional Experience


‘Song’ for Bassoon & Piano,  [4:30’] © 2015 

‘Rainbow’ Trio,  for Flute, Clarinet & Double Bass [7:30’] © 2015

String Quintette, ‘An Autumn Day,’  for 2 Violins, Viola, Cello & Double Bass [6:25’] © 2015

‘Fantasy’ for Orchestra, “An Abandoned Lighthouse.” [8:56’] © 2015, with instrumentation: 

2.2+1.2+1.2+1/, perc 6: chimes,BD,SD,sus cym,G,tamb/hp,str.

“The Story of  the Song Bird & the Elephant,”  duet for solo Piccolo & Tuba [4:56’] © 2015

“The Story of  the Song Bird & the Elephant,”  double concerto for Piccolo,  Tuba and Orchestra, with Narration. [7:46’] © 2015. (Score also available w/o narration @ 6:21’.) 

Instrumentation: 2.1+1.2.2/ 5: crot,mar,tri,clav,wbl./solo picc, solo tba, narr., str.

Piano Trio, “the Tempestuous,”  for Violin, Cello & Piano

[5:11’] © 2016

“And the Angel Said Unto Them,”  for Choir, Flute, Violin, Cello, Piano & Percussion [3:37’] © 2016.

“3 Petite Solemnities,” for Solo Piano [3:30’] © 2016.

{Sheet music parts, scores & mp4 are available upon request. Please visit the Compositions Page for more info.}


9/2011 - Present

Artistic Director/Conductor Westside Community & Youth Orchestra, Hillsboro.

  1. Create thematic programs.

  2. Conduct weekly rehearsals, bow all string parts, act as librarian, coordinate calendar, work with board of four, help recruit.

  3. Educate, develop and promote young musicians and young at heart in a learned collaboratively fun environment.

4/2012 - Present

Conductor, Junior Symphony of Vancouver, WA.

  1. Plan and conduct weekly rehearsals, three to four concerts per year.

  2. Work with General Manager in order to sustain the enrichment of young JSV musicians in support of the artistic vision of their mission statement within the community.

  3. Transpose and rearrange pieces to benefit ensemble instrumentation.

1/2010 - Present

Associate Conductor, Willamette Falls Symphony, Oregon City

  1. Rehearse orchestra in absence of conductor.

  2. Support and carry out the plans of the Music Director, familiarization with scores to be performed by WFS, ability to conduct the orchestra in the absence of the conductor for concerts.

1/2005 - 6/2013

Artistic Director/Conductor, North Oregon Coast Symphony

  1. Created thematic programs for series concerts. Assigned parts, acted as personnel director, appointed seats and section leaders. Bowed all string parts and distributed via pdf. Conducted and planned weekly rehearsals to a widely spaced coastal community.

  2. Performed up to 8 concerts per year.

  3. Worked with a seven member board, attended monthly board meetings. Met and greeted the public at all concerts.

  4. Visited community performance classrooms during the school year.

  5. Helped with fundraising.

9/2008 - 2011

Music Director, Astoria Chamber Players. Founder

  1. Planned three themes concerts per year.

  2. Personnel director and librarian.

  3. Rehearsed ensemble from the cello.

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10/2004 - Present, Full-time private instruction of the cello in SE Portland and adjunct instructor at Valley Catholic in Beaverton, as well as lessons via Skype.

9/1992 - Present, Cellist in residence, Holy Family Catholic Parish.

1/2002 - Present, Oregon Chamber Players Quartet, OCP quartet of principals in flute, oboe, viola & cello.

9/1994 - Present, Principal Cello, Willamette Falls Symphony.

9/1996 - 7/2014, Principal Cello, Oregon Chamber Players.

8/2013 - Perform in the American Celebration of Music in Italy, Oregon Arts Orchestra, principal cellist. Fantastic venues in Rome, Florence and Venice.

7/2011 - Toured Munich, Salzburg, Vienna & Prague as principal cellist, Oregon Arts Orchestra.


Beyond the Baton, Conducting Seminar & Workshop, Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring Suite,” July 2014, Diane Wittry faculty.

Conductors Guild Workshop with Virginia Symphony Orchestra,

December, 2012, JoAnn Faletta & John Mester.

Conductors Guild Workshop with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, MD.

June, 2012, Marin Alsop conductor.

Portland State University, Bachelor of Arts in performance, 1978.


Summer of 2014, Collin Heade was selected as a finalist for The American Prize in Orchestral Programming. The American Prize celebrates American excellence in the performing arts.