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San Marcos Music Academy

565 North Arizona Avenue

Chandler, AZ 85225

(480) 292-7955


565 North Arizona Avenue

Chandler, AZ 85225

(480) 292-7955



Heide (Hille) Riggs

“Heide is the consummate professional, whether as a performing artist, classroom teacher or private lessons tutor. I have worked with her on stage in a professional setting myself, and she also has privately taught my daughter off and on for a few years. Heide's overall understanding and mastery of her instrument shows in every aspect of her playing and teaching. She has helped my daughter work through very complicated arrangements for auditions and showcases with great patience and understanding. The pointers, tips and knowledge given by Heide has helped my daughter progress in her quest as a violin player. She is very personable, and more than accommodating. I would recommend her to anyone at any level in their career.”

Paul Williams

Born in Colorado, raised in Arizona, Heide (Hille) Riggs began violin at age 11 and earned a Masters of Music Performance and Pedagogy from ASU School of Music where her most influential teachers included Danwen Jiang, Katie McLin, and the late William Magers. Heide studied in New York at Meadowmount Conservatory for two consecutive summers with Charles Avsharian and Skye Carmen, and in Minneapolis with Sally O’Reilly. She has performed in many symphonies, and stage orchestras including Trans-Siberian Orchestra, West Coast Music’s Impulse Band, and for renowned artists such as Marc Anthony, Michael W. Smith, Josh Groban, and jazz violinist Regina Carter.

Heide’s passion for playing classical, improv, rock violin, celtic and country music have her freelancing regularly and collaborating with professional musicians on exciting new projects. As a celtic fiddler, she has performed with Blaggards, Stephen Walsh at Trinity Bar in Dublin, Ireland, at Dublin’s famous Temple Bar with the legendary Dave Browne, and now with The Spirited Lads. In the country music scene, Heide’s highlight performances have been performing with TAD Management’s Nashville Gold History of Country Music Show and Rhinestone Country, with DaisyTrain at Superbowl XLIX Pepsi Hyped for Halftime Concert Series and as the VIP band for Alan Jackson, The Donny Grubb Band, recording artist and songwriter Calvin Rainwater, and Nashville recording artist Shari Rowe. In addition to over 15 years of private teaching, Heide held the position of Fine Arts Faculty Music Director at Madison Highland Prep High School in Phoenix from 2015-2019 teaching band, strings, choir, and bucket drumming.