Heather MacIsaac

Nova Scotia

Heather MacIsaac of Antigonish, Nova Scotia began piano lessons at the age of 5. At 12, after following in the Highland dancing footsteps of her sisters, she turned her attention to bagpipes. It was then music became a major influence in her life. She has studied with some of the world’s top pipers. By 16, she had won many amateur prizes, began teaching pipes, and joined the Grade 1 pipe band in Halifax. While completing degrees at both St. F.X.University and Dalhousie University, she continued to play with the Halifax-based 78th Highlanders band, competing in the Grade 1 final at the World Pipe Band Championships and winning the Grade 1 North American Championships. She is currently taking a break from competitive piping to explore different styles of traditional music and composition. In addition to Highland Pipes, she also plays whistles, accordion, small pipes, piano and sings. MacIsaac works as a pharmacist at the local hospital.

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