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Heather Buchman is an American conductor and trombonist. She is an assistant professor of music at Hamilton College and conductor of both the Hamilton College orchestra and brass ensemble. She also oversees the chamber music program and teaches courses about 20th century music and orchestration. She is the founder of the Orchestra's annual Brainstorm! concert, which explores the relationships between music and other subjects. Outside of Hamilton, she has conducted the Syracuse Society for New Music and guest conducted the U.S. Coast Guard brass section and Monarch Brass.
Buchman has an M.M in orchestral conducting from the University of Michigan and a B.M and performer's certificate from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied trombone under John Marcellus. She also studied conducting at the Juilliard School. Buchman has studied under Leonid Korchmar, Oleg Proskurnya, Murry Sidlin, Michael Jindo, and conducting under Otto Werner Mueller and Kenneth Kiesler.
Buchman played as principal trombonist in the San Diego Symphony from 1988 to 1996. As a soloist, she has won prizes in the ARD International Music Competition in Munich, Germany, and the New York Philharmonic Young Artists Concerto Competition, and has commissioned and premiered several new works for trombone. She has attended workshops in conducting in places all over the world, including St. Petersburg, Russia. She is the founding member of the KAIROS Chamber Orchestra, which debuted in fall 2007 at Hamilton College's Wellin Hall, in which Buchman conducted Dvořák's Serenade for Strings and Copland's Appalachian Spring.