Heather Kim is a sixteen-year-old flutist from Orange County, California. She began her musical training at the Tampereen Konservatorio at the age of five on the piano, and started playing the flute in Buffalo, New York at the age of eleven. Heather was selected as a 2022 YoungArts Winner, received an honorable mention from the Mount Saint Mary’s 2022 Music Compeititon, and won the Orange County School of the Arts’ 2022 Concerto Competition. Heather currently studies with Benjamin Smolen, principal flutist of the Pacific Symphony, and her previous teachers include Cynthia Ellis, and Natalie Debikey Scanio. Heather is the principal flutist of the Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble at the Orange County School of the Arts. She is also assistant principal flutist of the Pacific Syphony Youth Orchestra, and served as principal flutist of the Interlochen Arts Camp’s Interlochen Philharmonic Orchestra during the summer of 2021. In the past, she has participated in ensembles such as the Pacific Symphony Youth Wind Ensemble, the California All State Music Conference, and the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association, the New York State School Music Association, the Irvine Honor Orchestra, and the Erie Countie Music Educators Association.
You can find Heather’s 2022 Winter Music Competition flute performance here.