Heidi is primarily a composer of stand-alone concert works. She most frequently composes and arranges for chamber groups, as well as duets and solos. Some recent performances include a viola quintet, commissioned for and performed at the Max Aranoff Viola Institute Festival in the Bastyr University Chapel, as well as her string quartet, “Indecision”, which was one of the winners of the Seattle Composers Alliance Call for Scores Competition in 2014.
A multi-instrumentalist, Heidi has performed locally on guitar, piano, ukulele, viola, and voice. She has played these instruments with choirs, orchestras, chamber groups, rock bands, and her solo indie rock project under the name Heidi Five Ash, for which she has recorded the soon-to-be-released EP, “Out With The Old”.
A Seattle area native, Heidi has been involved with local music in various forms for most of her life. Starting with piano as a child, she then picked up guitar and singing as a teenager, performing original music with several rock bands, all the while teaching piano and continuing to progress with her own classical repertoire and eventually passing the Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Music Examination in Piano Performance.
After spending a year studying French in Aix-en-Provence, she returned to the States to study music composition at Western Washington University where she earned several awards and scholarships, including being named the Presser Scholar, the highest honor for music majors. During her final years there, she began playing the viola in an effort to have a more intimate relationship with the orchestra. Having been an avid fan of opera from a young age, she composed a one-act opera for a 9-piece chamber orchestra and 5 singers for her senior recital. Upon graduating, she was asked to stay in Bellingham an extra year to teach the second-year Aural Skills class at WWU.
After returning to the Seattle area, Heidi began working at Stage 7 Pianos where the owner, local Registered Piano Technician Kenn Wildes, trained her to be a piano technician. She now owns her own business called Five Ash Music and splits most of her professional time between piano tunings, regulation, and repairs both in private homes and businesses, as well as teaching piano at West Side Music Academy.