arts + audio projects, planning + engagement

Music - Heather McDougall

Music programs and projects of Heather McDougall.
Orchestral, festival and community music related production and project management - including Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, West Cork Chamber Music Festival, RTÉ Concert Orchestra and RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra.



Artistic Planning, coordination, execution and oversight of:

  • Artistic planning, in coordination with and supporting artistic directors, of professional orchestra concerts and pre-concert talks for the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and the RTÉ Concert Orchestra

  • Negotiating with artists / artist managers, re: repertoire, logistics, technical requirements, riders, marketing and PR plans and educational and community engagement

  • In-studio recording sessions for film, commercial & in-house labels, TV & radio projects

  • Commissioning of new Irish works for the RTÉ Orchestras, overseeing contracting, delivery of score and parts, premier performance and reporting

  • Artist engagement, across various disciplines and genres, incl. dancers, writers, actors, composers and musicians ranging from the emerging to established and encompassing popular (Imelda May, Marvin Hamlisch & Michel Legrand), traditional (Martin Hayes & The Chieftains), jazz (Claire Martin) mainstream classical (Hakan Hardenberger, Natalie Clein and Lang Lang) and contemporary classical (Nadia Sirota, Fidelio Trio and Harrison Birtwhistle)

  • Drafting and proofing season brochures, concert programs / program books, promotional materials, signage and presentations

Operations Planning, coordination, execution and oversight of:

  • Scheduling load-in/load-out, rehearsals, sitzprobes, soundchecks & performances

  • Artists’ festival handbook (comprehensive guide covering rehearsals, performances, maps, ground transport, meals, emergency contacts and local areas of interest)

  • Running orders for concerts and live broadcasts

  • Assessments of new venues, including recces and health and safety reviews

  • Rental and loans of stage equipment, instruments and gear for multi-media events

  • Stage management for orchestral concerts

  • National and international touring for soloists, conductors and small to large ensembles (ground & air transport, accommodation, catering, visas, per diems, handlers & TMCs)

  • Lighting, sound, projection, staging and television and radio production professionals in preparation for broadcasts, live streaming and multi-media events

  • Working with established & non-traditional venues, facilitating adaptation of and to spaces such as churches, hospitals and gymnasiums

  • Operating within union agreements, venue and artist contracts as well as local practice

Education & Community Engagement Planning, coordination, execution and oversight of:

  • Community music education program at 2 satellite hubs, serving all ages in demographically diverse neighborhoods, incl. recruiting; student-teacher pairing; vetting new faculty; classroom resources management and Suzuki program development

  • Community engagement training program for 25 pre-professional orchestral musicians, incl.organizing interviews and on-boarding participants, training sessions and in-classroom performances, working with educational consultant and community partners


Planning Coordinator, RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra & RTÉ Concert Orchestra (Dublin), Ireland’s two national orchestras and part of the national public service media organization (2010-11; 2013-14)

PA to the CEO & Artistic Director, West Cork Chamber Music Festival (Bantry, Co. Cork), one of Europe’s premier, boutique chamber music festivals, situated on the southwest coast of Ireland (2011-13)

Collaborations & Partnerships Manager, Sherwood Conservatory, one of Chicago’s leading community music schools (2002-03)

Community Engagement Coordinator, Civic Orchestra of Chicago, training orchestra of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1999-2002)