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Heather MacLaughlin Garbes is an Affiliate Assistant Professor at the University of Washington. There she developed and maintains the UW Baltic Choral Library It’s the first collection of its kind in the United States.

She is the Founder and Artistic Director of the Mägi Ensemble, a women’s ensemble that performs and records Baltic music.

She has conducted numerous collegiate and community ensembles in the Seattle, Chicago, and Houston areas. She currently conducts the Finnish Choral Society of Seattle and works with the Eesti Koor (Estonian) and Vakarai Lithuanian choirs in Seattle.

Dr. MacLaughlin Garbes has presented at, ACDA National, ACDA Divisional, College Music Society’s National and International conferences, the Library of Congress and The Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies conferences.


University of Washington  | Assistant Affiliate Professor


  • National Anthem singer at regional sporting events
  • Pit musician for regional musical productions

Mägi Ensemble

A women’s ensemble that performs Baltic Music | Seattle, WA

Heather MacLaughlin Garbes | Founder and Artistic Director

Mägi Ensemble | No Time arr. Susan Brumfield 4:37

Mägi Ensemble | Only in Sleep by Ēriks Ešenvalds 5:10

Mägi Ensemble | Spes by Mia Makaroff 4:37

Upcoming Events

thu11apr(apr 11)7:00 pmMusic Director for a production of The Drowsy ChaperoneShorewood High School, Shoreline, WA

thu25apr(apr 25)7:00 pmConductor for a production of SIXHoly Names Academy, Seattle, WA

sun28apr7:00 pmConducting performance of Bernstein's Chichester Psalms with the Everett Philharmonic and Everett Chorale

sun09jun7:00 pmEverett Chorale "American Songbook" concertEverett Performing Arts Center

sat29jun(jun 29)7:00 pmEverett Chorale Baltic Tour to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuaniaincluding participation in the 2024 Lithuanian National Song Festival