Julianna Boehm Photography

Julianna Boehm Photography

Julianna Boehm Photography

Julianna Boehm Photography

Julianna Boehm Photography

Julianna Boehm Photography

​Heather Verbeck, flutist and piccoloist, is an active performer, teacher, and arts administrator.  She currently lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she is a member of the flute faculty at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati (CCM).   Appointed in 2003, she teaches undergraduate and graduate flute students and a weekly Piccolo Masterclass, a unique CCM tradition started by the late Jack Wellbaum.

As a clinician, she has given flute and piccolo masterclasses at several institutions and conferences including Wright State University, Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, Ohio Northern University, Murray State University, Delta State University, the Stivers School for the Arts, Kentucky Flute Festival, Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention, and Central Ohio Flute Association's Flute Festival (COFA).  An active educator, she teaches students of all ages through her private studio at her home in Walnut Hills, and at the CCM Preparatory Department.  Through CCM Prep., she teaches private lessons, coaches chamber music and is a faculty artist for their annual Adult Chamber Music Weekend.

A dedicated pedagogue, Dr. Verbeck has had the privilege to work with many wonderful students over the years.  Her students have been finalists in such competitions as the National Flute Association's High School Soloist Competition and the national MTNA Senior Woodwind Competition. Her piccolo students have been winners of the NFA Piccolo Masterclass Competition. They have appeared on "From the Top," and gone on to study at world class institutions such as the University of Southern California, the University of Indiana (Bloomington), Ball State University, Miami University, to name a few.  Former students play professionally in orchestras, perform on Broadway, and have become educators themselves.  

For all of her adult life, Dr. Verbeck been involved with arts institutions as an arts administrator. She was for several years an Artist Teacher and Masterclass Director for the Garner Malibu Flute Symposium (previously the Cincinnati Flute Symposium).  She has held a variety of positions with other arts organizations including the Mayerson JCC Jewish and Israeli Film Festival; CCM Admissions Office and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Verbeck is the laureate of several awards and competitions, and was most recently a prizewinner of the 2015 National Flute Association (NFA) Convention Performers Competition.  Additionally, she has performed at the 2005, 2008, and 2012 NFA conventions and performed on two concerts at the 2016 NFA convention in San Diego. 

An advocate for the piccolo, in 2016 she appeared at the Kentucky Flute Festival, the Mid-Atlantic Flute Convention, and COFA, giving a presentation titled “A Practical Guide to Creating a Piccolo Practice Routine” and performing piccolo works by American composers, David Loeb, Marilyn Bliss and Michael Daughtery. Additionally, she has organized masterclasses for her CCM Piccolo Class students to play for several world class piccolo artists including Joan Vorhees (Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra), Jennifer Gunn (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Erinn Frechette (Charlotte Symphony Orchestra), Elisabeth Plunk (“The President’s Own”
United States Marine Band), Hillary Feibel (Ft. Wayne Symphony Orchestra), and Arpi Anderson (Lexington Philharmonic).  

With the permission of Jack Wellbaum’s Family, Dr. Verbeck has engaged up and coming composer/flutist Dr. Timothy Hagen (http://www.timothyhagen.com) to write a new work for piccolo and piano to commemorate Jack Wellbaum’s legacy. The commission was funded by a Consortium which includes among others, former students, colleagues from his time in the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, piccolo makers, and other professional piccoloists who all remember and recognize the contributions Wellbaum made. The new piece will be a single movement work, approximately 10 minutes in length. Dr. Verbeck will give the world premier at the 2017 National Flute Association’s Annual Convention in August, to be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. 

Ms. Verbeck was principal flutist of the Arc Ensemble, a group she played with from its inception in 2000, and with whom she performed the Concerto of Jean Rivier as a featured soloist. Her orchestral experience includes appearances with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra.  She is an active freelance musician around the Cincinnati metropolitan area, and she performs in a flute and percussion duo along side her husband, percussionist Brady Harrison.

Originally from Colorado, Dr. Verbeck received a Bachelor of Music magna cum laude from Arizona State University as a student of Eric Hoover and Trygve Peterson, and a Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Flute Performance from the College-Conservatory of Music, where she studied with Bradley Garner and Jack Wellbaum, with a cognate in Baroque Music. Her culminating doctoral scholarship focused on the flute works of Lou Harrison, The Archeological Digs of Lou Harrison: An Examination of Transethnicism in Selected Works for Flute, (http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=ucin1427980536). Additionally, she was awarded a Frank Huntington Beebe Fund Scholarship to study in England with Trevor Wye at The Studio and she was twice a scholarship student at Brevard Music Center where she studied with George Pope.  Her other principal teachers include Maralyn Prestia and Margaret Peterson. 

 Heather Verbeck is a Yamaha Performing Artist.

Heather Verbeck