BiographyBiography

Heather Pineo ReganRecognized as a pianist and teacher, Heather Pineo Regan began her formal musical training at the age of nine in Halifax. It was while studying piano with Margaret Kinsman McCurdy at the Maritime Conservatory of Music that she appeared as a soloist with the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra directed by Raffi Armenian. Scholarships and grants from the Nova Scotia Talent Trust enabled her to specialize in piano performance with Gordon Macpherson at Brandon University, where she won the Bachelor of Music gold medal in 1974, and with William Aide at the University of Western Ontario, where she received her Master of Music degree in 1977.

During the years centered around her young family, Heather remained active as a teacher, accompanist and soloist, first in Ottawa and then in Kentville, Nova Scotia where she was affiliated with Acadia University, CentreStage Theatre, and the Kings County Honour Choir.

In the early 1990s, guided by the internationally acclaimed American pianist William Doppmann, she further developed her solo piano playing, thus establishing herself as a recitalist. Her first CD Claude Debussy: Piano Selections was released in 2000 and was followed by a second CD Robert Schumann: Scenes of Childhood, Op. 15 and Fantasy Pieces, Op.12 in 2002, Frédéric Chopin in 2010, and Schubert Piano Sonata No. 21 in B Flat Major, D.960 in 2017.

Heather has performed in numerous concerts, both as soloist and in collaboration with other musicians. Between 2002 and 2011 she was invited to perform three times at the Centre Culturel et Sportif de Saint-Pierre et Miquelon, and her summer recitals have become an annual event in Nova Scotia.

Heather has been teaching private piano lessons for over 35 years - in London, Ontario; Ottawa; Kentville; Halifax; and now in Port Williams, Nova Scotia. She has also held contract positions at Acadia University and the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts.

Throughout her professional career Heather has been involved in the life of her community. She has served as President of the Nova Scotia Registered Music Teachers' Association (NSRMTA) and the Maritime Conservatory Faculty Association, and was on the boards of Musique Royale and the Rotary Club of Halifax. Currently, she is a member of the NSRMTA Provincial Council, Past-President of the NSRMTA Valley Chapter, and Past-President of the Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) Wolfville.