Heidi Wilcox

Assistant Concertmaster

Heidi Wilcox joined the San Francisco Opera Orchestra as Assistant Concertmaster in 1992, and joined the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra in 1993. Heidi comes from a musical family of five children, all of whom became professional musicians. She studied with her father, Edward Wilcox, who now teaches in San Francisco. Her mother accompanied her many recitals and competitions at the piano. The Congress of Strings program, directed by Paul Roland in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, was important for Heidi's early development.

Heidi attended the North Carolina School of the Arts and the University of Miami, and participated in masterclasses with many artists, including Sydney Harth, David Nadien, and David Taylor of the Chicago Symphony. She was the Associate Concertmaster of the Omaha and Charleston, South Carolina Symphonies, and Concertmaster of the Spoleto Festival Orchestra. These positions included performing string quartets, teaching, solo appearances with the orchestras, and frequent recitals. She was also a member of the Knoxville and Seattle Symphonies.

Heidi enjoys playing a variety of music from all periods and styles. She has played with the San Francisco Contemporary Players and numerous Bay Area ensembles. She was a member of the New Century Chamber Orchestra, and for 2 seasons was acting Principal Viola with the S.F. Opera.

Heidi lives in San Francisco with her husband, also a musician, three adult sons, two cats and their dog named Coda. They enjoy daily walks, bike riding, playing music and making good food.

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