Ministerial Staff

Heather Hills

Minister of Music

An avid musician, Heather Hills has been studying music since the age of eight, when she began taking piano lessons. Her studies led her to work with a variety of teachers, including Jae Cho, Kyu Rhee, Claire Longendyke, and Benjamin Rollings. Heather found homeschooling to be a blessing as it enabled her to make ample time for her musical studies. She added harp at 13, studying under Andre Tarantiles, and went on to earn several awards on both instruments. These include performing on piano at Carnegie Hall after earning the most prestigious placement in the American Fine Arts Festival auditions and winning the concerto competition for the Youth Orchestra of Bucks County with a Vivaldi harp concerto. She attended Indiana University to earn her bachelor of music in harp performance, graduating in December 2014 with highest distinction. While there she studied with such distinguished harpists as Susann McDonald, Elzbieta Szmyt, and Maria Luisa Rayan and performed in several solo recitals and many large ensemble concerts with the university’s top ensembles.
Following graduation she moved to Raleigh, where she was blessed to find her parents’ new home church in need of a pianist. Raised in a Christian home, Heather has always brought her music before the Lord in church and is thrilled to be able to serve regularly at Swift Creek Baptist. She is now setting up shop in Raleigh as a professional freelancer on both harp and piano and performs at private events, in recital as a soloist, as an accompanist, and with the occasional local orchestra. With teaching and arranging thrown into the mix, Heather is managing to stay very busy making music!
Although she currently resides with her parents and two cats in a suburb of Raleigh, Heather was raised on a quiet country road in a rural area of New Jersey. The proximity of biking paths along the beautiful Delaware River and the wonders of a backyard pool fostered keen enjoyment of outdoor activities such as biking, swimming, and hiking. Homeschooled from second grade, she developed a love of history, literature, travel, and music that persists to this day. When she is not practicing, enjoying the out-of-doors, or dancing (her latest pastime), she can often be found plying a needle and thread, as she still considers sewing to be the most relaxing of her many hobbies.