NexTonal Wind Octet

Wednesday, September 4, 7:30 p.m.
WFU, Byrum Welcome Center – Kulynych Auditorium
$27 General Admission/$10 Ages 6-18


NexTonal Winds strives to be a dynamic chamber winds music ensemble that seamlessly bridges timeless traditional literature with a genuine commitment to innovation. NexTonal’s mission is to cultivate a rich musical landscape that both honors the classics and propels the genre forward by actively participating in creating and promoting new chamber wind music.


Mozart: Serenade No. 12 for winds in C minor, K. 388/384a

Ruth Gipps: Seascape, Op. 53

Robert Spittal: Consort for Ten Winds


Conductor: Tim Heath

Flute: Kinard Douthit

Flute: Natalie Smith

Clarinet: Cat Keen Hock

Clarinet: Taylor Stirm

Oboe: Joanna Porter

Oboe: Kayla Ann Bull

Bassoon: Tristen Craven

Bassoon: Brianna Cantwell

Horn: Mary Boudreault

Horn: Melanie Watson

Conductor Bio

Dr. Timothy Heath is the Director of Bands and Assistant Teaching Professor of Music at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. At Wake Forest, he oversees all aspects of the band program and teaches conducting and music literature courses. His commitment to music extends beyond the university as he serves as the music director for the Triad Area Medical Orchestra and is the founder and music director for NexTonal, a chamber winds group. Before his appointment at Wake Forest, he was the Director of Athletic Bands at Samford University and an Assistant Professor of Music Education.

Dr. Heath’s achievements in the music industry are nothing short of impressive. As a conductor, he has served as a clinician across the United States for honor bands and guest-conducting events. His recent inclusion in the Triad Area Medical Orchestra as a conductor and music director is a testament to his ability to cross over in musical genres. Dr. Heath’s influence extends to the secondary classroom as well, where he is an active clinician and adjudicator. As a music educator, he has presented sessions and research at the state, national, and international levels, and his work has been published in prestigious publications such as The Instrumentalist, The National Band Association Journal, and Percussive Notes.

Dr. Heath’s musical talents are widely diverse.  As a percussionist, he regularly performs with the Piedmont Wind Symphony, a professional Wind Ensemble based in Winston-Salem, NC. His percussion background includes performances with the Tuscaloosa Symphony, the Alabama Winds, the Greensboro Philharmonia, and many other concert ensembles. His active drum set performances further highlight his versatility as a performing musician and conductor.

Dr. Heath serves on the Small College/University committee of the College Band Directors National Association and is an active member of the National Association for Music Education, National Band Association, College Music Society, Kappa Delta Epsilon Education Fraternity, Mu Phi Epsilon, WASBE, IGEB and is an Honorary Member of Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Band Fraternity at the University of Alabama and Wake Forest University.

Dr. Heath holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Master’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, a Doctorate from The University of Alabama, and a Professional Artist Certificate in Conducting from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Dr. Heath is a Conn-Selmer Education Clinician and proudly supports Sabian Cymbals, Blackswamp Percussion, Remo Drumheads, and Vic Firth Drumsticks and Mallets.