Heather Thompson, pianist, has been teaching in her private studio since 1992. She is located in Santa Cruz County and currently teaches all levels and abilities, ages 4 and up. She was classically trained by her mother, internationally recognized performer and University of Utah professor, Lenora Ford Brown and Dr. Gwendolyn Mok, concert pianist and Coordinator of Keyboard Studies at San Jose State University. Heather received her bachelorís degree in psychology from the University of Utah and completed her own thesis in conjunction with Dr. William Henry. Heather began pursuing a masterís degree at the University of San Francisco, in marriage and family therapy, which she hopes to finish in the near future.
Heather is currently a member of the Music Teacherís Association of California. Through this membership she is able to enter her students in State and County recitals, evaluations and award programs such as Certificate of Merit. Heather has extensive performing experience, including a concerto performance with BYUís Chamber Orchestra. She has placed in several Utah piano competitions, including Summer Arts and Young Chang. She plays the organ, is the choir accompanist at Church, and has contributed her talents in numerous areas throughout her community. Heather recently performed at Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz County, the University of Utah and Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. She regularly performs with her piano students at nursing and retirement homes.
Heather also loves to dance! She has studied jazz, ballet, and modern dance for many years. She was an officer on the Woods Cross High School drill team and helped choreograph many dances for competitions. While completing her undergraduate work, she was also a performer on the University Of Utah dance team from 1994 – 1996 and traveled with the basketball and football teams.
Heather currently lives in Aptos, CA and maintains a very large studio of private piano students. She is a proud mother of two boys.