About Heather Karlsson (that's me!):
I began my repair career back in 2001 as an apprentice in a now-defunct Dallas music store. The original reason was simple: my 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 I also have a gnat-like attention span when it comes to rehearsals, so this is probably for the best.) As it turned out, I discovered that I enjoyed repairing instruments more than I did playing them. After leaving my apprenticeship in 2004, I became a quality control consultant for an instrument factory in Beijing, as well as operations manager/quality control manager for a musical instrument import company based in Dallas, Texas. In 2007, I had the opportunity to open my own repair shop in Carrollton, Texas, and the rest is history!
I specialize in repairing ornery clarinets and bass clarinets, and also taming unruly oboes, obstinate English horns, and rowdy bassoons. When I am not doing instrument repair, I am creating unique art jewelry and exhibiting my work at art shows around the state of Texas and elsewhere. I also exhibit her colored pencil drawings and watercolor illustrations featuring my original characters, Norman the Hedgehog and Shark. I live and work in Carrollton, Texas with my computer programmer husband and my two elderly, deranged house cats.