Professional Studio Southeast Portland, Oregon

(503) 775-2894 collinheade@aol.com



Collin G. Heade currently celebrates his 7th season as conductor of the Junior Symphony of Vancouver and 8th season as artistic director/conductor of the Westside Community & Youth Orchestra in Hillsboro (wcyo.org). He has led the Willamette Falls Symphony in concert, and serves as associate conductor. Collin as well has been 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 piano; bassoon & piano; a duet for piccolo & tuba; a trio for flute, clarinet & double bass; a string quintet; two pieces for SATB choir with solo instruments flute, violin, cello, trumpet, tuba, piano & percussion; and three pieces for full orchestra. Last year he finished four movements of his piano trio, “the Tempestuous,” for violin, cello & piano; “Five Nuances,” Trio for Double Reeds & Harp, for oboe/English horn, bassoon/contra bassoon & harp; and a woodwind quintet titled “A Day in A Life,” which includes five short movements exemplifying one’s daily activities. In October he finished his 1st piece for string orchestra, “Expressions,” in three movements, which will be performed by the MYSfits in November 2019.


                                   Collin has finished arranging his chamber “Amen” for full orchestra

                                   and SATB choir, which was premiered in December 2018. In

                                   January 2019 he finished a three movement work for Percussion

                                   Ensemble, titled “Timepiece,” with subtitles Sundial, Moon-dial,

                                   and Big Ben. In March he finished a piece for Recorder Orchestra,

                                   “Reminiscences,” with four short fantasies: Joy, Contemplation,

                                   Lamentation & Gaiety. Currently Collin is revising his 2015   

                                   piece, “An Abandoned Lighthouse,” in two versions, one for full 

                                   orchestra & the other to include choir. More information can be

                                   found on the Compositions page of this web site.

                                   Collin has attended Conductor Guild workshops with the Virginia,

                                   Baltimore and Norwalk Symphonies.

                                   As a cellist Collin has performed as principal with the Oregon

                                   Chamber Players, Willamette Falls Symphony and the Oregon Arts

                                   Orchestra, with whom he has toured Munich, Salzburg, Vienna,

                                   Prague, Rome, Montecatini Terme, Venice, and most recently  

                                   Mafra Portugal, Granada, Toledo and Madrid Spain. He is also

                                   a member of the Oregon Chamber Players Quartet, performing

                                   with flute, oboe & viola.

                                   Mr. Heade is a native Oregonian and holds a Bachelor of Arts from

                                   Portland State University. His principal teachers have included

                                   Tomas Svoboda, composition; John Trudeau, orchestral conducting; 

                                   David Wilson, choral conducting; Hamilton Cheifetz and

                                   Dorien de Léon, cello performance.


                                   Internationally renowned composer, the late Matt Doran,

                                   dedicated his composition Three Movements for Cello &

                                   Piano to him.


                                   Mr. Heade teaches cello privately at his home studio in Portland

                                   and at the Valley Catholic Music School in Beaverton.


                                   Collin enjoys his home life immensely with spouse, Cameretta.

                                   His daughter, Julie, is an Industry Relations Senior Specialist at

                                   Banfield Pet Hospital’s headquarters in Vancouver, WA.