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Welcome to the website of Heather Buchman – conductor, trombonist, educator, arts advocate.  For many years I’ve been exploring the What, How, and Why of classical music as a discipline, profession, and life path, and have found the perspectives of Zen and Tao to resonate particularly well with the artist’s path.  In the blog much of my writing is an attempt to make some coherent observations from that perspective.  I also write about the place of the arts in our culture more broadly, as well as in the liberal arts.


The Hamilton College Orchestra’s first fall performance is Saturday, October 27 at 7:30 pm in Wellin Hall; the program will include Schumann Symphony No. 3.  Thursday, December 13, is HCO’s other fall concert.

On Friday, October 12, I’m conducting a new film score to the Charlie Chaplin film ​Gold Rush​ with the Society for New Music as part of the Syracuse Film Festival. And hopefully a performance with Symphony Syracuse in November.

On the trombone side, I’m representing the trombone solo repertoire on the Faculty Concert at Hamilton College with Cortège by Pierre Max Dubois – Friday, September 7, at 7:30p in Wellin Hall.  I’m playing various Oktoberfest engagements with the New Hohenfels Trombone Quartet this fall, along with Lisa Albrecht, Ben David Aronson, and Matt Halbert, all from Rochester. Venues include the Phelps Art Center on September 22, The Lake Placid Brewery on October 7, and the Christkindl Markt in Geneva on November 10.

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  1. It is a great pleasure to read your entries on practicing and discipline in one’s life as well as in one’s music making. Your playing embodies much of what you write, and is an effective witness to the truth contained in the principles you expound. You will find me nosing around your website again.

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