Heidi Stubner is a multi-faceted musician and administrator, active as a recitalist and chamber musician in the Northeast. She was the Founder and Artistic Director of the Hudson Highlands Music Festival, from 1994 until 2003, when she relocated to New York City. Heidi has enjoyed an extensive career as a violinist in New York’s freelance community, playing regularly with the American Symphony Orchestra, the Bard Festival, and on Broadway.
A relentless advocate of the power of live music, Heidi was Manager of Horizon Concerts, an organization which brought music to neglected audiences in New York City, including nursing homes, senior centers, homeless shelters, and AIDS hospices. She organized an inter-generational concert, bringing together senior citizens and public school children, using visual art and music. This culminated in a live performance of Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals at Alice Tully Hall in NYC.
Heidi served on the faculty of the Bard High School Early College from 2001-2007, where she taught violin, piano, chamber music and conducted the chamber orchestra, as well as creating specifically designed college level courses in music. In conjunction with the Hudson Highlands Music Festival, her dedication and love of teaching was also reflected in her creation of music programs for at risk children from the Break Aways program in Manhattan. Consistent with her ongoing commitment to the development of young musicians and live music, Heidi accepted a position from 2007-2015 at Manhattan School of Music, as a Dean for Performance Operations and the Graduate Program in Orchestral Performance. This role allowed her to fully exercise her skills and passions as a musician, mentor and senior administrator.
She has recorded for Newport Classics, Vanguard, Angel and Opus One records. Her recording, “Greatest Hits for String Quartet”, can be heard on the ESS.A.Y label. She has recorded for many film and TV scores and worked with artists such as Kurt Masur, Philippe Entremont, Andrea Bocelli, Jessye Norman, The Roots, Harvey Fierstein, Barbra Streisand, Alfred Molina, Donna Murphy and more.
For three years Heidi served as a faculty member and arts administrator at The Elisabeth Morrow School in Englewood, NJ, along with her newly appointed position as a member of the Board of Directors of the Medical Music Initiative. She lives in Manhattan with her 12 year old daughter, an avid pop singer.