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Heather D. Roberson

Heather D. Roberson

Director of Choral and Vocal Activities, Professor of Music


DMA, University of Kansas, Choral Conducting, 2008
M.A., University of Iowa, Choral Conducting, 2000
B.M., Illinois Wesleyan University, Vocal Performance, 1997


Heather Buffington Roberson is a Professor of Music at Western Colorado University, where she directs concert choir, chamber singers, teaches voice, music education, music history and classes in the general music curriculum. She also organizes the annual Western Slope Honor Choir, a high school honor choir that brings 200 students from around the state to campus for three days each spring.

Dr. Roberson completed her DMA in Choral Conducting with honors at the University of Kansas, where she directed Vocal Collegium Musicum, Women’s Chorale and the Women’s Glee ensemble. Her lecture-recital featured compositions by Renaissance composers and music of Arvo Pärt. She received her B.M. in Vocal Performance from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Ill., and her M.A. in Choral Conducting from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.

Prior to her appointment at KU, Dr. Roberson was the Director of Choral Activities and Instructor of Voice at Dodge City Community College in Dodge City, Kan., where she directed three choirs, taught studio voice, aural skills, music literature, conducting, music fundamentals, and maintained a private voice studio. Dr. Roberson was a frequent clinician and adjudicator in southwest Kansas and has appeared as a guest soloist with the Dodge City Symphony and the Iowa Wesleyan College Concert Choir. She also served on the voice faculty at Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa.

How did you discover Western?

When I was finishing my doctorate and searching for jobs, my position was advertised on the College Music Society Job Vacancy Listing.

What are some of the highlights of your career?

  • Hosting world-renowned vocal ensemble VOCES8 for a workshop and performance
  • Having my choirs perform at the Colorado Music Educators Association (CMEA) conference
  • Hosting Metropolitan Opera bass-baritone Keith Miller for a master class, lessons and a performance

What most excites you about your field?

Music is a universal language. Music brings people together. All people relate to music on some level—music can be enjoyed and appreciated by everyone.

What is your favorite thing about the Gunnison Valley?

Small community.

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