In 1985, Shelley Heron became a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and joined the Detroit Chamber Winds & Strings as well. Prior to joining the DSO, she held the position of Principal Oboe with Orchestra London Canada and currently is a member of 8Winds, a Canadian-based woodwind octet. Heron graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Music in Performance and also received a Master of Music in Performance from the University of Western Ontario. Her primary oboe teachers have been Jon Dlouhy (Atlanta Symphony), John Mack (Cleveland Orchestra) and Richard Killmer (Eastman School of Music).
As well as performing regularly with the DSO, Heron continues to be active as a recitalist and clinician. She led a series of master classes at the International Festival of Youth Orchestras and Wind Ensembles at Banff, Alberta, conducted reed making classes at Michigan State University, taught at the University of Michigan and the University of Western Ontario and maintains a private studio at her home in Sarnia, Ontario.