Heidi MacPhee

Director of Marketing and Communications



I joined Symphony Nova Scotia’s team back in 2006, and after all this time, I still believe I have one of the best jobs in the city. In my role as Director of Marketing and Communications, I have the unique pleasure of helping to spread the word about our orchestra, and building its relationships with our patrons, families, and communities. As a huge fan of music – and an even bigger fan of Symphony Nova Scotia – it doesn’t get much better than that!

My background is in communications and the arts, and I’ve previously held positions with the Atlantic Fringe Festival, Mount Allison University, and Empire Theatres. I have an Advanced Diploma in Public Relations from NSCC, as well as a Bachelor of Arts from Mount Allison University (where I spent an inordinate amount of time hanging around the music department).

I truly believe our Symphony is a gift to our community, a driver of Nova Scotia’s musical creativity and diversity, and one of the most exciting orchestras in the country. And I’m thrilled to be along for the ride.

Q&A with Heidi

Do you play an instrument?
Here in the office we’ve joked that we could make our own band (although you probably wouldn’t want to listen to it!). I’d be one of the band’s pianists – I studied classical piano for more than ten years. My piano-playing is pretty limited these days, but it definitely gives me an appreciation for what our brilliant musicians do every day onstage.

What’s the best Symphony Nova Scotia concert you’ve seen?
There have been SO many. Some of my favourites have been our collaborations with James Ehnes (Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto), Giora Schmidt (Dvořák’s Violin Concerto), Dinuk Wijeratne (Chris Palmer’s Suite de Jazz), Ben Caplan, Owen Pallett, and Buck 65. I’ll also never forget the first time I heard our orchestra play Beethoven’s Seventh, or Brahms’ Requiem, or Mahler’s First.

Who’s your favourite composer?
Anyone who knows me will have noticed that I am constantly harping on about how we should be playing even more Beethoven (my coworkers are very patient). However I do have a huge love for the Romantic period in general, and our concerts featuring music from Brahms, Mahler, and Tchaikovsky are always some of my favourites.

What are your favourite foods?
Unfortunately, chocolate and potato chips.