Heather Zinninger Yarmel is Assistant Principal Flute of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and has performed as a guest with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Houston Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and New World Symphony. She previously held the position of Principal Flute of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in New Orleans, where she was featured as soloist with the orchestra on several occasions. She has been a prizewinner in several national competitions, including the National Flute Association's Orchestral Audition Competition where she was awarded first prize.
Active as an educator and chamber musician, she previously held teaching positions at Xavier University of Louisiana and New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, and she co-founded and directed NOLA Chamber Fest, a chamber music competition that serves musicians across the Gulf Coast region. She currently coaches for the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra and maintains a private teaching studio. She shares her passion for chamber music with the Milwaukee community by regularly performing with and serving on the artistic board of Milwaukee Musaik.
Heather earned a Master's Degree from Rice University and a Bachelor's Degree and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Summer festival appearances include Midsummer's Music Festival, Lakes Area Music Festival, Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, and National Repertory Orchestra. She grew up in Louisville, KY and spent her senior year of high school studying at Interlochen Arts Academy. Her primary teachers include Leone Buyse, Bonita Boyd, Tallon Perkes, and Donald Gottlieb. When not playing the flute, she enjoys taking brisk walks, hiking, advocating for animal rights, and maintaining a recipe website called Flutes and Veggies.
Lakes Area Music Festival
715 Laurel Street
Brainerd MN 56401
Hours*: W, F 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. *call to confirm during off-season