About Heather Karlsson:
Heather Karlsson began her repair career back in 2001 as an apprentice in a now-defunct Dallas music store. The original reason was simple: her plan upon graduating from the University of North Texas was to get a job with the Chicago Symphony, but alas, Larry never called. (Let it be noted that she also has a gnat-like attention span when it comes to rehearsals, so this is probably for the best.) As it turned out, Heather discovered that she enjoyed repairing instruments more than she did playing them. After leaving her apprenticeship in 2004, she became a quality control consultant for an instrument factory in Beijing. In 2007, she had the opportunity to open her own repair shop in a suburb of Dallas, Texas, and the rest is history!
Heather specializes in repairing ornery clarinets and bass clarinets, and also taming unruly oboes, obstinate English horns, and rowdy bassoons. When she is not doing instrument repair, Heather is creating unique art jewelry and exhibiting her work at art shows around the state of Texas and elsewhere. She lives and works in Carrollton with her husband and her two deranged house cats.