Sophie Heeden

Instructor - Viola

Biography:

Sophie Heeden is a performer and educator based in Northern Virginia and Knoxville, TN. She began working with the Mason Community Arts Academy as an Instruments in the Attic Teaching Scholar, where she led weekly after-school string classes at Woodburn Elementary School.

Ms. Heeden has served as the principal violist of the Mason Symphony Orchestra and Mason Opera Orchestra. As a winner of the 2017 Mason School of Music Concerto Competition, she performed Hindemith’s Der Schwanendreher with the Mason Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Heeden has performed in masterclasses with Paul Neubauer, Ida Kavafian, Paul Murphy, Masumi Per Rostad, and Matthew Lipman.

Currently, Ms. Heeden is a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Tennessee where she teaches undergraduate violists and regularly leads performance classes and orchestra sectionals. In addition to performing and teaching, Ms. Heeden is also an arts administrator and has held positions with American Youth Philharmonic Orchestras, the Sewanee Summer Music Festival, the GMU Center for the Arts, and the National Symphony Orchestra.

Ms. Heeden is currently pursuing an M.M. in Performance at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and graduated summa cum laude from George Mason University with a B.A. in Music and a minor in Arts Management. Her previous teachers include Lachlan McBane, Philippe Chao, Sheldon Person, and Ann-Marie Brink. Ms. Heeden is currently a student of Hillary Herndon.

Contact:

For more information, call 703-993-9889 or email academy@gmu.edu.