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Heather Scobie

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Heather Scobie is currently in her sixteenth year of teaching.   She has taught in the Las Vegas area for the past fifteen years, having taught her first year in Oklahoma.  Heather came to Las Vegas as a choral director at Keller Middle School.  After two years, she was asked to join the teaching staff at a new school, Harney Middle School.  During Heather’s five years of teaching at Harney, she built the program from the ground up, establishing a tradition of excellence!  By the time Heather left Harney Middle School, she had over 400 students singing in the program with all choirs receiving superior ratings at all festival events.  During her time as a middle school choir director, Heather held leadership positions in the Clark County School District as Honor Choir Coordinator and the East Zone Middle School Representative.  Heather also held leadership roles with the Music Educator’s Association for the State of Nevada as the Solo and Ensemble chairperson.  Heather was honored by her colleagues in 2005-2006 with an award that she holds very dear to her heart, New Music Educator of the Year.  Another highlight of Heather’s middle school experience is her publication in the American Choral Director’s Association Western Division’s newsletter, Tactus …”What Does It Take To Create a Successful Junior High/Middle School Choral Program?”  After publication she was then asked to discuss her article as well as present a reading session at the Four Corners Workshops in Flagstaff, Arizona in 2007. 

Mrs. Scobie was then given the opportunity to move to the high school level in 2007-2008 when she accepted the teaching position at Las Vegas High School.  While at Las Vegas High School, Heather continued with all the rich traditions that were already in place as well as beginning a few new ones.  Her choirs at Las Vegas High School performed with grace, musicality and superior sound.  In 2009, Heather joined the Fine Arts Department at Foothill High School where she once again began building a program of excellence!  She continued working with the outstanding students and faculty until 2013.  While at Foothill High School, she grew the choral program from 130 students to over 240, receiving superior ratings at district and out of state festivals. 

As a high school choral director, she continued to give her time and energy to the Clark County School District as the Zone 2 Representative for high school choral directors and sat on several planning committees for professional development events.  Heather has served as the Nevada Music Educator’s All-State Housing Chair for three years and 2014 ended her six year service for the State of Nevada as an All-State Choir Committee Member/Chairman.  Throughout Heather’s teaching career, she continuously works on her craft by studying conducting with outstanding choral conductors such as Ronald Staheli, Rodney Eichenberger and Donald Brinegar.

Most days, you will find Heather spending her time as a stay at home mom raising her family of four boys.  However, she is often called upon by her colleagues to be a guest clinician in their choral classrooms.   She is also enjoying her time teaching at The College of Southern Nevada as adjunct faculty.  This will be Mrs. Scobie’s second year conducting the College Singers and her second semester teaching a voice class as well as private voice students.  Music is her passion and she is thrilled to been given this opportunity to work with the talented people at GVUMC as the Director of Music Ministries!

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