Heather Johnson is a percussionist performer, composer, and teacher with a particular interest in solo and chamber marimba works. In her arrangements and compositions, Heather is always looking to experiment with combining traditional mallet percussion sounds with nonconventional pitched sounds such as tuned pipes, wind chimes made of various materials, and flower pots.
Ms. Johnson is the Percussion Coordinator at Apex Friendship High School teaching and arranging for the front ensemble and concert percussion. During the 2016 indoor percussion season, Ms. Johnson founded the Apex-Friendship High School Indoor Percussion Ensemble (AFIPE). She also regularly works as a clinician for North Carolina middle school band programs.
As a performer, Heather enjoys performing marimba works by composers such as David Gillingham, Paul Lansky, Brian Nozny, Robert Aldridge, as well as many others. Currently she is a member of the UNC-Greensboro percussion ensemble and wind ensemble. In November 2015, Heather performed with the UNCG percussion ensemble at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention.
Heather is currently pursuing her master’s degree in percussion performance at University of North Carolina at Greensboro studying under Dr. Eric Willie. In 2013 she graduated with a B.M. Percussion Performance from Appalachian State University. During her time there she performed with many ensembles including the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, New Paradigm Percussion Quartet, and Percussion Ensemble. Ms. Johnson was also a member of the Marching Mountaineers, North Carolina’s Band of Distinction as the front ensemble section leader for two years.