Heather Messer enjoys a varied career as a performer, teacher, and accompanist in the Chicagoland area. In addition to joining the Elk Grove High School staff as choral accompanist in 2016, she teaches piano to students of all ages at Bellas Artes School of Music in Glen Ellyn. Ms. Messer graduated from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music with degrees in Piano Performance and Piano Pedagogy. Through studying piano with Dr. Karin Edwards at Wheaton College, and Mrs. Dianne Nichols in pre-college years, Ms. Messer has grown a deep appreciation for music and excellent teaching. Besides piano, Ms. Messer’s other musical love is choral music. She grew up singing in church choirs, and has also sung in the Rainier Youth Choir, Green River College Jazz Voices, and accompanied the Green River College concert choir. At Wheaton College, Ms. Messer had the opportunity to accompany both the Women’s Chorale and the Men’s Glee Club, as well as sing in and serve as the student Honor’s Conductor in the Women’s Chorale under the direction of Dr. Mary Hopper. When not occupied by musical activities, Ms. Messer enjoys a variety of activities including being outside, hiking in the mountains in her home state of Washington, playing Ultimate Frisbee, trying new restaurants, and drinking coffee.