Heather Carruthers received her formal musical training at the University of Alberta, where she received her undergraduate degree in piano performance, and at the University of Victoria, where she completed a graduate degree in bassoon performance. Her important bassoon mentors include Jesse Read and Michael McCraw.
Trained on historical as well as modern bassoon, Heather played professionally for 15 years with various period orchestras in North America. From 1985 to 2001 she was principal bassoon in the Portland Baroque Orchestra, and at the same time played with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra. She performed regularly with Tafelmusik in Toronto and Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra in San Francisco. Heather recorded several CDs and performed concertos on numerous occasions with both period and modern orchestras. Conductors with whom she worked included Jean Lamon, Ton Koopman, Monica Huggett, Nicholas McGegan, Glenn Mossop, William Christie, Andrew Parrott, Roy Goodman, Reinhardt Goebel and Jaap Schroeder.
She twice toured Japan with the period ensemble Opera Atelier, playing Mozart operas, and regularly performed at summer festivals from the west coast to the east. In 2001 Heather retired from touring. During the next decade she wrote a weekly food column for the Brandon Sun in Brandon, Manitoba and taught music history and bassoon at Brandon University School of Music. In 2010 she relocated to Kitchener with her husband Glen. Since then, she has performed on modern bassoon with the Talisker Players (Toronto), on classical bassoon with The Crusell Trio (Startford/Kitchener), and on baroque bassoon with the Factory Arts Baroque Quartet (Stratford) and Nota Bene Baroque (Kitchener.)