Erin Heisel, soprano

March 21, 2015
Soprano Erin Heisel’s performances have been described as “brave, vivid” (The New York Times) and “clear, flute-like…beautiful” (Daily Hampshire Gazette, MA). In New York City, she has performed at the Cornelia Street Café with the Composer’s Collaborative series “Serial Underground,” on the “Friends and Enemies of New Music” series with composer David Del Tredici at the piano, at The Tank, The Galapagos Artspace, The Stone, and at the Brooklyn Library and Brooklyn Museum in concerts sponsored by the Brooklyn Philharmonic. She has performed with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (MA), the Arcadia Players Baroque Orchestra, the Lisa Leizman Dance Company, the Downtown Sinfonietta in White Plains, NY, and with the Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Other international performances include a recital at the Theatrum Kuks Baroque Festival in the Czech Republic, concerts at venues around South Africa, and a program of American song at the Official Residence of the American Ambassador in Bratislava, Slovakia. Heisel is the voice of the vampire in Ronen Shai’s animated YouTube opera Todd and the Vampire. Continued…

Erin Heisel

Also interested in physical theatre and movement improvisation, Heisel has performed a variety of physical theatre pieces. Her piece Transformations, with music by John Cage, premiered at The Tank in New York City and extended versions have been performed at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro and the University of Alaska-Fairbanks. The piece is also featured on Heisel’s experimental song recital that blends physical theatre and dance with unaccompanied song literature. Other physical theatre work includes “Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread” from David Ives’ All in the Timing, Yoko Ono’s Scream, and The Tropical Fish Opera by Ramon Sender. She was also seen as a Rat Captain in the world premiere staging of John Corigliano’s Pied Piper Fantasy with the Brooklyn Philharmonic. While at New York University, Heisel performed modern dance and sang in inner voice, music by Samuel Barber, in the Master’s Dance Concert and was part of Mother is Breath, a physical theatre piece prepared for the Women’s Project of the Ethno-Cultural Theatre Forum.

Heisel holds a Bachelor of Music degree in voice from Butler University, a Master’s in voice from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a PhD in Music Performance (Voice) from New York University with research in Johan Huizinga’s theory of play and the work of professional musicians. She has taught at New York University, Adelphi University, the University of Massachusetts, and Bay Path College and has presented her work celebrating the interdependence of music performance and research in conferences in the US and abroad.

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