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Heather Beckman Violin | HMI Fellow

Through the avenue of music, violinist Heather Beckman seeks to engage and empower particularly under-performing communities. As a founding member of the Solideo String Quartet, Heather has helped bring classical and contemporary works to uncommon spaces and audiences in order to promote conversation and further access to live performances. Within its first year, the Solideo Quartet was selected for performance and outreach at the Music in the Vineyards Festival, to work closely with members of the Pacifica, Vermeer, and Audubon Quartets.

Born with Scottish roots, Heather began playing fiddle tunes throughout Chicagoland and Canada. She continued violin with Jacqueline Bartsch-Fisher and Betty Haag-Kuhnke through the Magical Strings of Youth. Heather studied violin with Andrew Williams at Carthage College, where she was invited to perform with the Menomonee Falls Symphony and Concord Chamber orchestras, in addition to the Carthage Philharmonic.

Currently, Heather studies violin with Charles Castleman, as a Henry Mancini Fellow at the Frost School of Music. She looks forward to teaching and sharing chamber music with youth in underrepresented communities in the years to come. In her free time, Heather enjoys reading, brewing kombucha, or running on the many trails the Midwest has to offer