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 Teachers 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 Teachers 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. Currently she
is a member of the music faculty of both East Tennessee State University in Johnson
City, Tennessee and Mars Hill University in Mars Hill, North Carolina. Along with
her college teaching schedule, Professor Heys is an active adjudicator and clinician
for a variety of musical events. She resides in Weaverville, North Carolina with her
family, where she also maintains a private voice and piano studio.