B.Mus., M.Mus.

Instructor, Music
School of Performing Arts
School of Performing Arts - Music

604.984.4911 ext. 4911
Fir Building, room FR101


M.Mus., Cello Perfomance, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 1984.

Arts Winter Program, Banff School of Fine Arts, 1981-82.

Orchestral Training Program, Royal Conservatory of Music, 1980-81.

B.Mus., Cello Performance, Queen's University, 1980.


For cellist Heather Hay (M.Mus., San Francisco Conservatory of Music, 1984) chamber music is one of the most enjoyable ways to make music. Guest appearances for Hay include California's Chamber Music West and Cabrillo Music Festivals, as well as the Pacific Rim and Hornby Festivals in British Columbia. In 1989, it was chamber music that brought Hay to Vancouver to join the Purcell String Quartet. With the Quartet, Hay recorded and performed for Radio France in Paris, and toured in Europe and throughout B.C.

Hay has played an active part in Vancouver's music scene; she is currently Assistant Principal Cellist with the Vancouver Opera Orchestra, and was a member of the CBC Radio Orchestra. She has been an invited guest with the West Coast Chamber Music Concerts, Turning Point Ensemble and for Vancouver New Music. Hay has also been frequently heard on CBC Radio Two's regional programme, Westcoast Performance, and continues to enjoy playing and performing in a variety of chamber music ensembles, including the Lincoln House Piano Trio.

Teaching is an important part of Hay's musical life; she is on the faculty at Capilano University, as well as at Saint James Music Academy, and maintains a private studio of young and not so young students! Hay is also a regular faculty member at the West Coast Amateur Musicians' Society Summer Music Camp, championing music education for all ages. Hay has a keen interest in encouraging music making for everyone, and leads workshops internationally on the importance of music in the world.

Hay studied at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Bonnie Hampton, completing her Master's of Music as Ms. Hampton's assistant. She also studied at Queen's University and the Banff School of Fine Arts, working with Janos Starker, Zara Nelsova, Aldo Parisot and William Pleeth.