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Meet The Band Director


Heather Trutor grew up in Dummerston, VT and holds a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Vermont (2005), and a Master of Music Education from VanderCook College of Music (2014). She studied clarinet performance with Steve Klimowski and Bonnie Campbell. 

Heather has performed with many local ensembles including the Vermont Symphonic Winds, the Vermont Wind Ensemble, the Champlain Philharmonic Orchestra, the Green Mountain Mahler Festival, as well as numerous area pit orchestras.  She has been a sought after guest conductor for various high school and middle school festivals, as well as a clinician at conferences.  
Heather received the Outstanding New Music Educator award from the VMEA in 2011/2012. She is proud to have served the students and educators of Vermont as President-Elect, President and Past-President of the Vermont Music Educators Association from 2015-2021.  

Before teaching at Essex High School, Mrs. Trutor taught for five years at Lamoille Union High School and Middle Schools. Prior to that she worked at Hunt Middle School in Burlington, VT for three years. 2021/2022 will be her fifteenth year working in public education and seventh year at EHS.


When she is not spending time with awesome high school students, Heather loves to be with her husband and daughter, go antiquing, experience live music from various genres, ride her bicycle and Peloton, watch WWE, and be a good cat-mom to Penny the Cat.  



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