Heather Clarke, ISCS Executive Director, was born and raised in the Poconos Mountains of Pennsylvania. She began playing the cello as a pre-teenager and continued playing throughout high school in youth symphonies and chamber groups. During her Junior year of Highschool she was chosen as a Rotary Club exchange student to Japan and was fortunate enough to be able to perform with a symphony there.
She attended Brigham Young University, majoring in Statistics, and after graduation, she began her professional career as a Marketing Manager for WordPerfect/Novell in the greater Washington, DC area.
She came to Pocatello in 2003, but by then Heather was too busy raising four children to think about taking the time to rehearse and play on a regular basis. After six years of semi-retirement, in 2009 she was able to join the Idaho State-Civic Symphony and has enjoyed playing the cello again in an orchestral setting in the fantastic Jensen Grand Hall in the Stephens Performing Arts Center.
She accepted the position of Executive Director in August of 2010, and was again able to use her professional marketing and management skills to help realign the Symphony’s business affairs. In 2017, she obtained her Masters in Arts Administration from Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois under the direction of Henry Fogel. During her tenure with ISCS, she has had the pleasure to work with several Artistic Directors/Conductors, dozens of ISU students, faculty and community musicians, she has been instrumental in securing many guest artists, and most recently bringing arts education programs, such as LinkUp to Pocatello. If managing the affairs of the Symphony wasn’t enough, she still continues to play the cello with the Symphony.