Heather Kirkconnell grew up in a large Presbyterian (USA) congregation with vibrant music and education programs. Through her participation in choirs, handbell ensembles, and the Montreat Worship and Music Conference, she realized early on that she was called to be a church musician.
Her studies brought her to Oberlin, OH where she completed a B.A. in French and a B.Mus. in Organ Performance, with a minor in Historical Performance. During her time at the Oberlin College and Conservatory, Heather's spiritual life was fed through her participation at Peace Community Church and the campus group Ecumenical Christians of Oberlin. Both of these communities offered her new ways to think about God, new music with which to praise God, and many wonderful opportunities to serve. After completion of her undergraduate degree, Heather moved to Paris, France to study with Jean-Baptiste Robin at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Versailles. She had many opportunities to play concerts on historical instruments in Paris and Versailles, including the Chapelle Royale in the Château de Versailles.
Alongside Heather's keyboard studies, she has maintained active participation in excellent choirs and bell choirs, and takes great joy in sharing music with children. She is currently the Interim Director of Music for Grace Episcopal Church in Newton, MA. She is excited to be in ministry partnership with a congregation that has a history of excellent music and participation of all ages.