Heather Zinninger Yarmel


Heather Zinninger Yarmel joined the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra as Principal Flutist in September 2011. A native of Louisville, KY, she received a Master's Degree from Rice University's Shepherd School of Music and a Bachelor's Degree and Performer's Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Before attending college, Heather graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy. Her primary teachers include Leone Buyse, Bonita Boyd, Tallon Perkes, and Donald Gottlieb.

A prizewinner in several national competitions, Heather was awarded first prize in the National Flute Association's Orchestral Audition Competition. She has performed as a guest in the flute sections of the Houston Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Rhode Island Philharmonic, and New World Symphony. During her summers, she has participated in the Tanglewood Music Center, Music Academy of the West, National Repertory Orchestra, and Chautauqua Institution Music Festival.

A devoted educator, she previously served on the faculty of the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program at Rice University. She currently teaches at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts and Xavier University of Louisiana.