Heathers Piano


Pianist Heather Thompson Smits is a piano instructor in Santa Cruz County, California. She has been teaching in her private studio since 1992 and works with children and teens of all levels. Many of her students have received superior ratings in the Certificate of Merit festivals, won county competitions and have been chosen to perform in honors and winner recitals. Heather is a member of the Music Teachersí Association of California and currently serves on the board. She is also a member of the Music Teachersí National Association.

Heather was classically trained by her mother, internationally recognized performer and University of Utah professor, Lenora Ford Brown. Heather received a bachelor of science degree in psychology from the University of Utah and is currently working on a piano pedagogy diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music. She was awarded the San Jose Certificate of Excellence in 2016.

Heather has extensive performing experience, including a concerto performance with Brigham Young Universityís Chamber Orchestra. She has performed concerts at Cabrillo College in California, University of Utah and at the Assembly Hall on Temple Square. She recently performed at Mu Phi Epsilonís International Music Convention in Denver, Colorado. She won first place in the 2017 United States Classical International Piano Competition and performed in the Winners Concert at Carnegie Hall Nov 2017.

Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. - Victor Hugo

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