Heather Turk-Fiecoat

Heather Turk-Fiecoat has played piccolo in the RWS since inception. Growing up in Amarillo, Texas, Heather was a member of the Texas All-State Band as well as first flute/piccolo for the McDonalds All-American Band.


She began playing flute and piccolo professionally while still in high school with the Amarillo Symphony, Randall Chamber Orchestra, and Amarillo Opera. Her training was supplemented by attending the Aspen Music Festival and School.


After receiving her Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance and Music Business as well as her Master of Business Administration degree from West Texas A&M University, Heather worked in arts administration as the Manager of the Amarillo Youth Symphony and Education Director of Amarillo Opera. She also served as a founding board member of the Amarillo Wind Ensemble. In 2001, Heather moved to Nevada and began work at the University of Nevada, Reno where she earned her PhD in Higher Education Administration and now serves as the University Registrar. Heather enjoys spending time with her young twins, Daniel and Katie.

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Catalina Familia

Catalina Familia plays the Violin, Cello, Classical Guitar, Flute and Piccolo and has over 50 years of experience as a musician. She is a professional Accountant, Strategist & Financial Consultant. She has been performing since age 7 through Grade School, High School, College with Nogales High School Marching Band, Fullerton College, Orange Coast Community College, Santa Ana Winds Marching Band, and Symphony of Northern Virginia.

She served as Executive President for the Etiwanda High School Marching Eagle Regiment under the direction of Donald Jaramillo from 1998-2006. She was also a Booster Parent for Pacific Crest Drum Corp from 2002-2004. She received her Bachelor in Business Administration and Management degree working for 3 Fortune 500 Companies in California, and for the past 12 years at the National Energy Marketers Association in Washington DC serving the USA with Energy Choice opportunities.

She was a single parent raising 5 children through college and proud Mother of Ronald Eichstedt, Director of Bands at Edward C Reed High School. Her favorite quote is “Opportunity is for those that seize the day!”

Sarah Elizabeth Bell

Flutist Sarah Bell joined the Reno Wind Symphony in September 2015. Sarah began her musical instruction in both piano and flute at age 10. Sarah was a flutist in the Centralia High School marching and concert band in Centralia, IL from 1996- 1999. Sarah was named first chair her senior year of high school. She participated in solo and ensemble contests and played in recitals each year. She went on to play flute in the Lake Forest College Orchestra and continued her musical instruction in flute throughout her college years. She received a Minor in Music in 2003 from Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, IL.

On and off throughout her musical career she played in various ensembles. Prior to joining the Reno Wind Symphony, she was a member of the Memphis Wind Symphony, previously called the Rivercity Concert Band, in Memphis, TN. She was a member of this ensemble for 4 years.

Elena Butcher

Elena Butcher was born in The Netherlands and immigrated to the United States at the age of ten. She started playing the flute when she was 12 years old at MacArthur Middle School in Maryland. She moved to the northern Nevada area in 1996, where  she also learned to play the alto and tenor saxophone in the Jazz band at Dayton High School. She played in solo and ensemble festivals and made the honor band each year in high school.

After graduating from Dayton High School in 1999, she returned to The Netherlands, and joined the Harmonie Orkest Concordia Treebeek.


She moved back to Northern Nevada in 2006, but took a break from music for a few years.  In 2012 she joined the Capitol City Community Band, and performed with that band for 6 years before joining the Reno Wind Symphony in 2018.


When she is not working or playing music, she likes to spend time with her husband John and her two young children, Henry and Evelyn. They like to go to the playground, and enjoy hiking, swimming and camping.