Instructor Katie Joy Heise – Violin & Viola
Katie Joy Heise began her formal study of the violin at the age of six. She became an orchestral and chamber musician at an early age, winning numerous competitions as well as winning opportunities to participate in selective music festivals and chamber programs across the United States. Katie joined the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra while in high school, where she performed at Carnegie Hall and Symphony Center.
Katie continued her studies at Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University studying with Cyrus Forough and Teresa Fream where she earned her Bachelor’s in Violin Performance. She is currently earning her Masters in Violin Performance from Northern Illinois University, studying with Blaise Magniere. Katie has maintained an active freelance career in the Chicagoland area and has collaborated with artists such as Dr. David Schrader.
Katie has also served as a judicator for the Illinois Music Educators Association State Honors Orchestra. She has been afforded opportunities to study with world-renown soloists, which have taken her across the United States and Europe. Prior to joining the faculty at Musical Expressions, she taught violin independently in the Glen Ellyn area for 10 years. Katie teaches both violin and viola to students ages 7- adult.