Educator, Musician, Arts Advocate
Colette Hebert has been a Music Educator in the NYS Schools since 2007, where she has served as a choir director, band director, vocal and piano instructor and drum circle facilitator. Colette has been a Church Organist and Choir Director since 2002. She has led international choir festivals in Austria, Germany, Australia, Hawaii and in New York City. Colette earned her Bachelor of Music in Music Industry from Syracuse University when she was 20 years old. She holds a Master of Science in Music Education in Choral Conducting and Organ Studies from Syracuse University. She also attended the graduate program at Columbia University’s Teachers College where she studied Urban Education and Music Education. Colette has studied with world-renowned faculty at the Van Cliburn Piano Institute in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas and at the Eastman Piano Institute in Rochester, New York.
Colette has presented her Arts Advocacy research at state and national level conferences. She has presented at the Fiscal Policy Institute of New York State, WorldStrides, DC MEA and NAfME. She has also presented in front of Senate members on “Why Music? Why We Need Music Education in Our Schools.” She is a freelance music journalist. Her articles have been published in Making Music magazine, International Musician, Teach and Travel magazine and USA Today. Colette hosts a podcast called, “Colette’s Music Hour,” where she interviews musicians, music educators and arts advocates. Her podcast can be heard on Breaker, Pocket Casts, Radio Public, Spotify and Apple Music. Her first published book, 30 Countries in 30 Years, is available at Barnes & Noble. Colette published her first children’s songbook, Ms. Hebert’s World Songbook, in 2020 which includes 21 original compositions in 21 languages. She has taught English and Music in Tanzania, Turkey, Thailand and Nepal. Colette is also the Founder and President of The DAR Project, a 501(c)(3) non-profit based in Tanzania, East Africa that funds music programming and education for orphans.
Colette is a seventeen time marathoner, two time Ironman and ultra marathoner. She also enjoys volunteering locally and has worked with Habitat for Humanity in Westchester County, New York, Fort Myers, Florida and in New Orleans, Louisiana. Colette has served on the board for Syracuse University’s Alumni Chapters in New York City and in Westchester County. She is a corneal transplant recipient and started up a Keratoconus Support Group to help others cope with living with this disease.
Colette is available for piano and organ performances, Arts Advocacy presentations, grant writing assistance for Arts organizations, and teacher trainings.