Who We Are
Northwest School of the Arts is a visual and performing arts magnet school, serving students who live in Mecklenburg County. For more information about our school, please visit the school website by clicking HERE.
About Mrs. Hefner
I am very excited to start my 16th year of teaching at Northwest School of the Arts. I moved to Charlotte in 2005 to teach middle school orchestra at Piedmont and JT Williams. Under my direction, these orchestras grew from 60 to 130 students in just a few years. In addition, I have been a leader in the arts for the IB programme, worked on many collaborative performances, and have worked with the Charlotte Symphony to lead the arts team in a program titled “Interpreting History Through Art.” Since teaching at Northwest, the orchestra program has grown from 40 to 85 students in four years. We have received excellent and superior ratings at Music Performance Adjudication, taken successful trips to Disney, Universal, Nashville, LA, Grand Canyon, and maintained a fantastic relationship with the Charlotte Symphony and Charlotte Concerts. Our most recent accomplishments include performing at the 2017 NC Music Educator's Conference in Winston Salem, and at Charlotte Concerts' "A Musical Showcase" in April 2018.
Before starting my career as a teacher, I was a flutist who received a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from UNC Greensboro. After teaching both band and orchestra in my first teaching position, I discovered a love for teaching stringed instruments and the students that loved those instruments.
Currently, I am thrilled to continue my journey at Northwest School of the Arts. I serve on the CMS professional development cadre to work to create meaningful professional development opportunities for CMS Orchestra teachers. I also perform as a freelance flutist, and am beginning the journey of serving as MPA judge, and working as a clinician with orchestras. In the spring, I am excited to start my 3rd year as the Camp Director for the ArtsPlus String Camp (July 15-19, 2019).
Outside of teaching, I enjoy running (well, I enjoy eating delicious food without guilt, and therefore, running), yoga, visiting the mountains, spending time with my husband, Dave, and being Mommy to my two wonderful kids: Jonas, 11, and Marley, 8.