Heather McWilliams, Euphonium & Tuba
As a tuba player Dr. McWilliams won the Queensland Brass Band Eb Tuba Championship in 1993 and that same year toured to the United States as Principal Tuba of the Australian Wind Orchestra performing at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. Dr. Heather McWilliams is originally from Australia and has been a resident in the U.S. since the Fall of 1999. She earned a Bachelor of Arts - Tuba performance (1992) at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music (Australia), and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching (1993) from the Queensland University of Technology. Upon graduation she taught general and instrumental music in Western Australia and Queensland for 6 years where she directed highly successful band programs in both rural and urban settings.
Upon moving to the U.S. in 1999, Dr. McWilliams undertook graduate studies at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, earning a Master of Music Education degree (2000) and a Ph.D in Curriculum and Instruction - Music Education (2003). Her dissertation, “Gender Equity Issues in the Depiction of Females in The Instrumentalist Magazine (August 2000 – July 2002),” examined the ways in which female wind and percussion players and female band directors/band experts were portrayed in both images and text in the publication. She has presented the findings of this research at conferences of the Wisconsin Music Educators Association, and the Australian Society of Music Education.
Dr. McWilliams is currently an adjunct professor in the music department at the University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh where she teaches tuba and euphonium and directs the Symphonic Band. She continues to remain active as a tuba player and freelance musician.