Professional Studio Southeast Portland, Oregon

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Collin G. Heade

Professional Experience

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Present, adjunct cello instructor at Valley Catholic Music School,

Beaverton, Or.

Present, Full-time private cello instruction in S.E. Portland, Or. 

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

Principal Cello, Oregon Chamber Players.

Principal Cello, Willamette Falls Symphony.

Principal Cello, Oregon Arts Orchestra, performed in the American Celebration of Music in Italy, venues included Rome, Florence and Venice.

Principal Cello, Oregon Arts Orchestra, toured Munich, Salzburg, Vienna & Prague.

Principal Cello, Oregon Arts Orchestra, toured Spain & Portugal.



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

  1. Create thematic programs.

  2. Conduct weekly rehearsals, bow all string parts, coordinate symphonies calendar, work with marvelous driven board, attend board meetings, help recruit, work with Liberty High School, oversee library, plan and distribute weekly rehearsal guide, refer recordings to orchestra, write introductions for each concert selection, meet & greet the public.

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


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.

  4. Audition musicians.

  5. Organize concert performances.

Associate Conductor, Willamette Falls Symphony, Oregon City

  1. Conduct orchestra in rehearsals & concerts when available in absence of conductor.

  2. Familiarization with scores to be performed by WFS with preparation to conduct the ensemble in the absence of the conductor for concerts.


Conducting Seminar & Workshop, Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring Suite,” Norwalk, CT.

Conductors Guild Workshop with Virginia Symphony Orchestra,

JoAnn Faletta & John Mester.

Conductors Guild Workshop with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, MD.

Marin Alsop conductor.

Portland State University, Bachelor of Arts in performance.


“Song” for Bassoon & Piano,  [4:30’] © 2015. 

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

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

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

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

(this piece’s orchestration is currently being refreshed and will also reflect the addition of SATB choir as an option, with text from a poem written by the composer).

“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.


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

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

                      1. Moderato maestoso [5:11’] © 2016.

                       2. Andante sostenuto [2:50’] 2017.

                     3. Andante moderato, poco animato [2:28’] © 2017.

                       4. Allegro, tempestuoso [3:45’] © 2018.

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

“Amen,”  (finale to:) “And the Angel Said Unto Them,”  for Choir, Flute, Violin, Cello, Trumpet, Tuba, Piano & Percussion

[2:20’] © 2017.


“Five Nuances,” Trio for Double Reeds & Harp, for oboe/English horn, bassoon/contra bassoon & harp. [10:45’ total] © 2018.

                       1. Andante, Andante moderato [1:40’]

                       2. Moderato [1:49’]

                       3. Allegretto [1:36’]

                     4. Moderato, andante [2:12’]

                       5. Andantino [3:10’]

“Amen,” for SATB Choir & Orchestra, 2.2.3+1.1/,pn,gtr,2 hp,5perc,ch.

[5:15’] © 2018.

“A Day in A Life,” for Woodwind Quintette, for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn.

                      1. A Day’s Journey [1:42’]

                       2. Tangling with Traffic [1:07’]

                       3. A Bit of Shut-Eye [2:42’]

                       4. Visiting Friends [2:16’]

                       5. On the Way Home [1:23’] © 2018.

“Expressions,” for String Orchestra

                       1. Maestoso [3:59’]

                       2. Scherzo [1:43’]

                       3. Allegro capriccioso [3:03’] © 2018.


“Timepiece,” for Percussion Ensemble

                       1. Sundial [2:07’]

                       2. Moon-dial [2:02’]

                       3. Big Ben [3:22’] © 2019.

“Reminiscences,” for Recorder Orchestra

                       1. ‘Joy,’ Andante, giojoso [1:45’]

                       2. ‘Contemplation,’ Moderato, placido [1:31’]

                       3. ‘Lamentation,’ Largo, lugubre [2:10’]

                       4. ‘Gaiety,’ Andante, giocoso [1:47’] © 2019.

“Seven Short Stories for Solo Harp,” © 2019.

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


Collin Heade has been selected as a finalist for The American Prize three times, in different categories. The American Prize celebrates American excellence in the performing arts.

2014, Orchestral Programming.

2021, Choral Composition, for his piece “An Abandoned Lighthouse.”

2021, Orchestral Composition, for his three movement work “Expressions” for string orchestra.