For more the 50 years Heather Bieman, OAM, a longtime resident of Camden, has been teaching and sharing the pleasure of music. She was recognised for ‘service to music through teaching’.
Mrs Bieman was surprised to have been nominated, but extremely honoured.
Her love of music was formed in her early years in New Zealand and piano became her favourite instrument. Having migrated to Australia she settled in Camden where she taught music at Camden High School. After a few years she ventured out to further promote her passion for music and founded the popular AGAPE ARTS, formerly Amazing Grace Academy of Performing Excellence in 2004 at the Uniting Church in Camden.
AGAPE – means love in Greek – God love – “it was a great name under the banner of the [Uniting] church” where piano classes were taught and extended to more instruments, teachers and students.
Mrs Bieman was also the coordinator of the Combined Schools Choir, organised the annual Camden Community Carols for 20 years.
“Music is my way of being involved in the community; it give me a connection to people”, Mrs Bieman said.
She has also received acknowledgment from the community including: Camden Citizen of the Year, 2005; Australia Day Arts and Cultural Award, Camden Council, 2021, and; receiving the Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Club of Camden, 2017.