Heather Howes

Academic title(s): 

Flute Instructor, Chamber Music Coach

Department: 
Performance
Area(s): 
Woodwinds
Contact Information
Email address: 
h.howes [at] videotron.ca
Instrument(s): 
Flute
Group: 
Faculty
Biography: 

The Montreal-born flutist Heather Howes received her Master’s degree in Performance from McGill University where she studied with Timothy Hutchins, and furthered her studies with the eminent flutist, conductor and pedagogue, Geoffrey Gilbert.

This season Ms. Howes celebrates her 28th year as Principal flute of Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil and Second flute, Solo piccolo with Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières. A freelance orchestral musician, Ms Howes enjoyed the privilege of performing regularly in North America and abroad with I Musici de Montréal under the tenure of Maestro Yuli Turovsky OC CQ.

Ms. Howes has appeared as a soloist with many Québec orchestras including I Musici de Montréal, Orchestre symphonique de Québec, Orchestre de Radio-Canada, Orchestre de chambre Appassionata, Orchestre symphonique de Trois-Rivières and Orchestre symphonique de Longueuil.  Her chamber music credits include numerous concerts and radio broadcasts as a member of Quatuor Linos, Trio St. Louis, Quintette à vents de l’ouest/Westwind Quintet and performances with some of Montreal’s finest chamber musicians.

Fluently bilingual, she currently teaches flute and chamber music for the Schulich School of Music (McGill University) and Vanier College.  Ms. Howes has also taught flute at Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique du Québec (Montreal), l’Université Laval (Ste-Foy) and Concordia University.

In demand as an adjudicator and clinician throughout Quebec and across Canada, her comments have been a source of inspiration for many young musicians.  Ms. Howes can be heard regularly in solo and chamber-music recitals as well as in broadcasts for the CBC.