Heather is the Executive Director of RMS. She holds music performance degrees in clarinet from Baylor and Northwestern Universities. As a concerto competition winner, she performed as a soloist with both university orchestras. In 2005 she gave the east coast premiere of Alan Terricciano’s Clarinet Concerto with the Northwestern Contemporary Music Ensemble.
Heather has been invited to summer music festivals such as the Blossom Festival, the New Hampshire Music Festival, the International Festival-Institute at Round Top and the Pacific Music Festival. She has also performed recitals at the University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium and the International Clarinet Association.
Heather has taught for the Atlanta Symphony’s Talent Development program and has also served on the faculty of Berry College and the University of Georgia in Athens.
Alcides is the Head Repair Technician for RMS. He is also the bass clarinetist of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and a member of the Atlanta Chamber Players. A native of Venezuela, Alcides obtained his musical training through the System of Youth Orchestras of Venezuela. He obtained a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor of Music degree from Baylor University.
Alcides has participated in various music festivals, including the New Hampshire Music Festival, the National Repertory Orchestra and the National Orchestral Institute. Internationally, he has performed at the San Miguel de Allende Chamber Music Festival (México), the Pacific Music Festival (Japan) and the Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival (Brazil).
Alcides has taught for the Atlanta Symphony’s Talent Development Program and is also an Artist and Clinician for Buffet Crampon and Vandoren.
Alexandre hand selects clarinets for RMS at the Buffet factory in Mantes-la-Ville, France. He serves as co-principal clarinet with the Paris Opera and also plays in the Quatuor Vendôme. Before that, he played with l’Orchestre de la Garde Républicaine and l’ Orchestre des Musiciens du Louvre-Grenoble as clarinet soloist.
Alexandre studied at the Paris Conservatory (with Michel Arrignon) and won first prize for clarinet and for chamber music. He has also won prizes at the international contests of Toulon, Paris (UFAM 3rd Prize) and Jean Francaix (2nd prize).
In the summers, Alexandre teaches at the Festival-Academy of the Arcs in Bourg St Maurice, France. He also specializes in five key, ten key and romantic clarinets in the chamber music setting.
Clarinetist Patrick Graham joined the Jacksonville Symphony in 2017, after serving as a member of the Orlando Philharmonic. He has been heard on Canada’s national CBC Radio as well as Chicago’s WFMT Radio and Jacksonville’s WJCT Radio. As a recitalist Patrick has appeared in both the United States and Canada. He has also been heard with the Naples Philharmonic, the Florida Orchestra, the Sarasota Orchestra, and Canada’s National Arts Center Orchestra. In 2012 Patrick was selected as the winner of the International Clarinet Association’s Orchestra Audition Competition.
A native of Ottawa, Canada, Patrick began his clarinet studies with Peter Smith of the National Arts Center Orchestra. He completed his Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Ottawa and his Master of Music degree at Northwestern University. For two summers Patrick was awarded a fellowship at the Tanglewood Music Center.
A passionate educator, Patrick teaches privately in Jacksonville and is involved with youth orchestra coaching and the Jacksonville Symphony’s education and community outreach program. He has been on faculty at Rollins College and Eastern Florida State College. Patrick has given master classes at the University of Florida, the University of Central Florida, the University of Southern Florida, and Bethune-Cookman University.
Jonas is a Clarinet Repair Technician for RMS. He is also the former Associate Principal Trumpet of the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra and former member of the Venezuela Brass Quintet. Jonas has toured Germany, Colombia and Italy with the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra and has made several recordings under the Latin American Classics label. He is a former student of the famous ‘El Sistema’ youth orchestra system in Venezuela and has played trumpet in the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra.
On the weekends, Jonas is an in-demand salsa trumpeter in Atlanta and surrounding areas.
Alvaro Alvarran is a Clarinet Repair Technician for RMS. He began his career as a woodwind technician in 2000 through a variety of courses with Yamaha Latin America and Buffet Crampon. He has worked as a full-time woodwind and brasswind technician since 2007.
Alvaro most recently completed courses on machining in Switzerland and is a founder of the Latin American Luthiers Association.
Before coming to the US, Alvaro lived in Bogotá, Colombia, where he had his own woodwind repair shop. He began his music studies as an oboist in the youth orchestra system of Venezuela (‘El Sistema’).