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Heather Savage


A life-long musician, Heather Niemi Savage began learning to play the piano and read music at the age of three. Later, she picked up both saxophone and clarinet, majoring in saxophone performance at the University of Rhode Island, where she earned a double major in music and elementary education.  After college, she married and had children, whom she homeschooled. She dabbled in music composition for many years before taking her first lesson at age 37, after her children entered their teen years. Heather currently works professionally as a collaborative pianist, private teacher, and composer. She is also the music director at Carolina Free Baptist Church in Carolina, RI.

                As a collaborative pianist, Heather has experience playing with chamber ensembles, choral groups, vocal and instrumental soloists, and in musical theater productions. As a teacher, her private students have been accepted into elite ensembles such as the Rhode Island All-State Symphonic Band, the Rhode Island Youth Wind Ensemble, and the Festival Youth Orchestra at New England Conservatory. Students of hers have also been accepted into college music programs in performance and composition. As a composer, Heather’s work has been performed in New York City, throughout New England, at the national conference of the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers; the 2016 Rhode Island All-State Festival; the 2017 New Music Festival in Fitchburg, MA; and commemorative events at local churches. She has also been featured on the radio program, “Music of Our Mothers.”

For more information on private lessons, contact Heather at 401-489-4664 or hthrsvg@gmail.com. You can also read more about her composition work on her website, HeatherNiemiSavage.com.

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