Ulrike Heider was born 1961 in Erlangen, Germany. In 1982,
after having studied musicology at Erlangen University for one year, she went to The Netherlands
to continue her music studies at several conservatories. She graduated in church music and organ
with Bert Matter and Hans van Nieuwkoop in Arnhem, in choral and orchestral conducting with Jos
Leussink and Tilo Lehmann in Zwolle, and in early ensemble singing with Rebecca Stewart in Tilburg.
Both before and after her emigration to Sweden in 1996, she has been active as a conductor, church
musician and organist.
Ulrike Heider is the founder and artistic leader of Schola Gothia, a female vocal quartet, which specialises in performing Gregorian chant and polyphonic music of the 14th and 15th centuries. Since its inception in 1999, Schola Gothia has toured throughout Sweden and in other Europea countries, appearing in many concerts and early music festivals.
At present, she is organist of the Haga Church, Göteborg, and conducts two chamber choirs in Göteborg. She has taught and performed at various festivals and academies, and has recorded for the Proprius, Loft and Intim labels. For her work as a choir conductor she has received several awards.