Heather Ensley

Violin Teacher

Heather Ensley

SAA Member


Springbrook, AB
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Heather Ensley, a New England native, holds a Master of Music in Performance and Literature from Brandon University where she earned the Gold Medal in Masters of Music for academic achievement. During her time at BU Heather studied violin with Kerry DuWors and held Graduate Teaching Assitantships in music theory and aural skills. She also served as concertmaster of the Brandon University Symphony Orchestra. Heather earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Canadian University College as a student of Naomi Delafield and Jennifer Penner, and was privileged to tour throughout the U.S. and Canada as concertmaster and soloist with the Canadian University College Chamber Orchestra.

Other mentors include Andrea Neumann, Liesl Schoenberger, Mimi Bravar, and Robert Eschbach. 

An avid performer, Heather has presented a number of solo recitals and performances, and enjoys playing chamber music and participating in music festivals.

Heather is a dedicated and innovative music educator and maintains a busy violin studio in her home. She has studied violin pedagogy with Naomi Delafield and Kerry DuWors, and has participated in pedagogy workshops given by renowned pedagogues such as Laurie Hill, Rebecca Henry, and Elayne Ras. Heather continues to develop her craft by acquiring additional teacher training on a yearly basis. In addition to teaching, Heather directs the Red Deer Youth and Community Orchestra.

Along with her musical interests, Heather enjoys hiking and camping in the Canadian Rockies, literature, and vegetarian cooking. She resides in Alberta with her husband Josh, a cellist, and their two cats.

Heather plays on a 2007 Douglas Cox violin.