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Heather McDougall

Heather McDougall

Maine Public Classical Manager of Music and People

Heather McDougall has enjoyed a varied international career, with more than two decades working across classical radio and music management. With roots as a performing and teaching cellist, she got her start in public media at Raidió Teilifís Éireann (RTÉ), Ireland’s national public broadcaster, in classical radio production and later as artistic administrator for their two radio orchestras. Other production, music direction, and project management roles at West Cork Music, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, WFMT Radio Network (Chicago) and WRTI (Philadelphia) have rounded out her versatility across these fields and reflect her lifelong passion for radio and music-making.

Her credits include Co-executive Producer, Breaking Glass podcast (WFMT & Glimmerglass Opera); Executive Producer, Giving Thanks to Music with Nadia Sirota (WFMT Radio Network); and, Managing Producer, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Radio Series (WFMT Radio Network) and Bughouse Square with Eve Ewing podcast (WFMT & Studs Terkel Radio Archive).

Heather has a B.M. in Cello Performance (Eastman School of Music), B.A. in Linguistics (University of Rochester) and an M.Phil. in Digital Humanities and Culture (Trinity College Dublin).

When not on the job, in past lives, she’s always loved hitting the streets, giving architectural tours on behalf of the Chicago Architecture Foundation and Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia. A newly arrived Mainer, she now hopes to get busy doing the same.

  • Pianist Annie Antonacos and violinist Tracey Jasas-Hardel of the Portland Piano Trio sit down with host Heather McDougall to talk about their upcoming concert, “Celebrating the Seasons”, on Saturday, May 18, and the community music school, 240 Strings, that they founded and now lead along with cellist Jing Li.
  • “ECHOES – Stories and Songs Across Time” is a site-specific music composition project, reflecting the breath, sorrow and beauty of Portland’s complex history and relationship to its Black community. It culminates in a day of celebratory free programs and events on Saturday May 11, co-presented by Portland Ovations and the Indigo Arts Alliance. Composer, violinist, educator and activist Daniel Bernard Roumain is the artist at the heart of “ECHOES” and this week he sits down with Host Heather McDougall to talk about collaboration, the importance of place and his hopes for the people of Portland in this project.
  • “Paths to Dignity” is a project at the intersection of music, homelessness and mental health, presented by the Bangor Symphony Orchestra this month. Host Heather McDougall talks to the project’s leaders, composer and conductor Lucas Richman and violinist, Mitchell Newman. They chat about the project’s resonance in the community, its impacts on musicians, unsheltered participants and themselves, as well as the various events taking place in Bangor and Orono.
  • Portland-based Palaver Strings and the two-time Grammy winning Attacca Quartet are coming together for a new collaboration, “Between Us”, with performances later this month in Portland, Rockport and Portsmouth. Elizabeth Moore of Palaver Strings and Domenic Salerni of the Attacca Quartet chat with Host Heather McDougall about this concert series as well as the forthcoming new album from Palaver Strings – “A Change is Gonna Come”.
  • Classical Uprising Artistic Director Emily Isaacson chats with Host Heather McDougall about the forthcoming eclipse-inspired Room to Breathe performances in Portland and Brunswick.