A newcomer to the Johnson City area, Andrea Heys, mezzo-soprano, has appeared as a soloist with the Tanglewood Music Festival, New Orleans Opera Association, The Baton Rouge Opera Company, and others in such roles as Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Emilia in Otello, and Carmen in Bizet's Carmen. She was a featured soloist on the PBS presentation of Leonard Bernstein's 70th Birthday Celebration Gala. Equally at home in Opera and Operetta, Mrs. Heys has performed with the Baton Rouge Gilbert and Sullivan Theater and The Southeastern Savoyards in Atlanta. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Metropolitan Opera Audition award, a San Francisco Opera award, and a National Association of Teacher's of Singing Artist Award. In frequent demand as a soloist, Mrs. Heys has appeared with many orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Seiji Ozawa. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from the University of Mississippi, Cum Laude, with a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Louisiana State University, and has completed coursework and performance requirements for the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Georgia. Mrs. Heys is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Honorary, Sigma Alpha Iota, the National Association of Teacher's of Singing, the Music Teachers National Association, and the Asheville Area Piano Forum. Before relocating to Beaufort, South Carolina in 2004, Mrs. Heys was a member of the voice faculty at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia. She has taught private piano and voice lessons for over 25 years. Many of her students participate with honors in NATS student auditions and NFMC Festivals. Mrs. Heys has helped prepare numerous students for college music school auditions and professional careers. She is currently a member of the voice faculty at East Tennessee State University, and maintains private voice and piano studios locally and in Asheville. Mrs. Heys resides in Weaverville, North Carolina with her husband Fred, and son John. Their two daughters, Megan and Madelyn Johnson, attend college in South Carolina.