Heidi Marie Harris is the Associate Concertmaster of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Her first job with the SLSO was as a section violinist, which she won while still attending the New England Conservatory during her senior year of college. A few years later she secured a section position in the Chicago Symphony where she remained for three years. Ms. Harris then returned to St. Louis as the Assistant Concertmaster and shortly thereafter earned her current position as Associate Concertmaster.
Ms. Harris began her musical studies on the piano at age three, and began studying the violin at age four. At age 13 she made her solo debut with the Utah Symphony under the baton of Joseph Silverstein, returning again to solo with the same orchestra at ages 15 and 19. After graduating high school from the Interlochen Arts Academy, Ms. Harris earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the New England Conservatory, attending under full scholarship. Ms. Harris also served as an extra violinist in the Boston Symphony Orchestra under Seiji Ozawa, and participated in recordings with Bernard Haitink and tours with the Boston Symphony while still in school.
Ms. Harris’ solo career has included recitals in the U.S. and Europe in such venues as the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston and the Mozarteum in Germany. In her concerto appearances with the St. Louis Symphony, Ms. Harris has worked with maestros Nicholas McGegan, David Robertson, Leonard Slatkin, and John Storgards conducting. As well as recitals and solo performances, Ms. Harris has served as guest concertmaster for the Amarillo Symphony, the Phoenix Symphony, and the Seattle Symphony.
Ms. Harris currently teaches violin students privately, as well as through Webster University in St. Louis where she is a member of the adjunct faculty.
In 2010 Ms. Harris was presented with the Mabel Dorn Reeder Award. This award is given every five years and was created to recognize exceptional musical leadership as well as contribution in the community. Ms. Harris was the first person to be honored with this award.
To learn more about Ms. Harris, please visit heidimarieharris.com.
Yoga and Meditation Instructor
“I first began practicing yoga in 2000. After just a few weeks I noticed that the neck, shoulder and back pain I’d experienced as a career violinist began to subside. I also noticed that my struggle with performance anxiety was not as bad as it had been in the past. I felt such a huge sense of relief that I decided to learn more and pursue my yoga teacher’s certificate. After earning my 200-hour teacher’s certification from Yoga Source in St. Louis, I went on to pursue my studies at the Prajna Yoga school in Santa Fe, New Mexico with Tias and Surya Little. I chose the Prajna Yoga school because of the depth of knowledge Tias and Surya train their students in. Yoga is viewed not just as physical exercise, but as a contemplative, intellectual, and philosophical medium as well. Since earning my certificate I have served as apprentice to Tias at one of his workshops here in St. Louis, and am also active in the Prajna Yoga mentorship program. Currently, I’m pursuing my 500-hour teacher’s certificate from Prajna Yoga. On any given day, you might find me teaching weekly yoga and meditation classes at Agape Yoga Studio or Lululemon here in St. Louis, leading a day long yoga retreat, assisting with a yoga teacher training, or teaching private classes from my home yoga studio. My work has evolved into the music world through teaching The Art of Performance both privately and in workshops to musicians. By teaching The Art of Performance, I endeavor to help musicians achieve greater strength and flexibility in their bodies, and more composure, confidence, and focus in their minds. In the spring of 2016, I presented The Art of Performance to members of the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra and music majors at Webster University.”