Originally from Salem, Heidi Kohne received her Bachelor’s degree in Organ Performance at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana. While there she earned the American Guild of Organists’ Service Playing Certificate and was a recitalist for a workshop at the AGO’s National Centennial Convention in New York City in 1996. She also was the first organist in thirty years to win, and the first in twenty years to enter, DePauw’s annual concerto competition, performing two movements from Handel’s first organ concerto.
Heidi received her Master’s degree in Organ (Performance) and Church Music from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. While there, she was the technical director for the Singing Hoosiers show choir, on the ushering staff for the main large-group performing venue, and was the Graduate Music Students’ representative in the school’s student-body government.
In the meantime Heidi pursued her other passion: Stage crew. After having been a camper for two summers at the Interlochen Arts Camp (formerly National Music Camp) in Interlochen, Michigan, she returned to work for eight more 8-week summers, five of which were as the Stage Manager of Kresge Auditorium, a four-thousand-seat outdoor pavilion with a daily schedule to rival any concert hall in the United States. While playing organ with various concert bands and orchestras and giving a handful of recitals throughout that tenure, she has played under the batons of Gerard Schwarz and the late Frederick Fennell.
Upon moving to Portland, Heidi worked at Classical Millennium as a store clerk, was organist at Covenant Presbyterian Church in Gresham, was accompanist of the Mt. Tabor Middle School Choir, and served on the Program Committee and as the Sub-Dean and Dean of the Portland chapter of the AGO. She was until 2013 the Director of Music Ministries, Organist, and Financial Secretary of Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church in Portland, after having worked there for eleven years; for a few years until 2013 she was also the Secretary of the Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association.
Heidi currently is a board member and Secretary of Henry County Communications Company (a family-owned telephone company in somewhat-rural Illinois), a volunteer stage hand with the Portland Baroque Orchestra, and Treasurer and Webmistress of the Portland chapter of AGO. She is also freelancing for churches in the Portland area. She also holds a Colleague Certificate from the American Guild of Organists and is also included in the 2006-10 editions of Marquis’ Who’s Who in America and the 2007-10 editions of Who’s Who in the World.