Heather grew up mostly in Houston where she started studying the viola in 6th grade. She was fortunate to go to a performing arts middle school and high school. She graduated from Florida State University in 1996 with a bachelor’s in music education. After graduation she toured for several years with the ecumenical Christian music group Celebrant Singers playing both violin and viola. She traveled throughout the 48 contiguous states and other areas of the world including places such as India, Cuba, Eastern and Western Europe, and Central and South America. She began teaching orchestra in the public schools in California, and has since taught for nineteen years in Texas. She taught for four years in Irving, but most of her career has been in Arlington ISD. Heather has also written and arranged both string and full educational orchestra pieces, and several have been used for the yearly UIL Orchestra assessments in Texas. She has enjoyed playing with the WFSO since 2003, and performs as a freelance musician throughout the Metroplex on violin and viola. Heather enjoys spending time with her husband and their two rat terriers.
Jennifer Sweetman earned Masters degrees in both violin and viola performance from the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU, where she studied with Jan Mark Sloman and Barbara Sudweeks and served as principal violist of the Meadows Symphony. Jennifer is currently principal violist of the Lewisville Lake Symphony and Wichita Falls Symphony and also performs with the Dallas Symphony, Dallas Opera, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, East Texas Symphony, Plano Symphony and Utah Festival Opera. In addition, she is a member of Texas Winds, a musical outreach program in the Dallas area that enriches the lives of isolated seniors, hospital patients, veterans and at-risk children through live professional music programs. She has participated in numerous international music festivals, including the AIMS Festival Orchestra in Graz, Austria and the Heifetz International Music Institute. An avid chamber musician and teacher, Jennifer enjoys performing with the Gyros String Quartet and maintains a busy private studio of violin and viola students in Dallas and Highland Park.
Enikő Walter-Howard has been playing viola with the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra since 2008. She is also a member of the Waco Symphony and performs as a freelance violist in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. She received her Bachelor of Music and her Master of Music Education from the University of North Texas. She taught orchestra in several public schools, and is currently teaching in Arlington ISD.
Paul Palmer started playing violin in the 5th grade. At the age of 14, he went to a music camp at Midwestern State University where he participated in a master class with Paul Rolland. Mr. Rolland then invited him to attend the National Academy of Arts in Champaign, IL where he studied violin and played viola in the orchestra and in chamber music. After graduation, he attended the University of Illinois for 3 semesters. After Mr. Rolland’s untimely death, he moved back to Dallas and completed his studies at SMU. Paul toured Europe with The New York Harlem Theater Ensemble, playing Carmen Jones for 9 months in 11 countries. He has played with The Dallas Opera, the Tulsa Opera, the Utah Festival Opera, the Spoleto Festival/Festival Dei Due Mondi, the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria, and symphonies in the north Texas area including Amarillo, Shreveport, Waco Longview, Texarkana, Tyler, Oklahoma City and Lawton, OK among others. He has a teaching studio of about 50 students in the Plano ISD. When hot practicing, Paul enjoys studying foreign languages and playing contract bridge and chess. He is an active member in his church orchestra at the Cathedral of Hope, United Church of Christ.