Heather Bergen began violin lessons at a young age in Abbotsford, B.C. She studied with Walter Neufeld, completing her ARCT in 1984 and enjoying orchestral experiences with the Vancouver Youth Orchestra.
Heather attended Canadian Mennonite Bible College in Winnipeg, receiving her Bachelor of Church Music in 1987 while continuing violin lessons with Arthur Polson. In the summer of 1987 she married Paul Bergen and moved to Edmonton where she attended the University of Alberta. Here she had the good fortune to study with Norman Nelson, finishing Bachelor and Masters degrees while appreciating many and varied chamber and orchestral opportunities. Heather and Paul have 2 children with whom they enjoy reading, watching Iron Chef and playing Dutch Blitz.