Heather Hightwoer studied vocal performance and choral conducting at the University
of Virginia. Born and raised in Westport, Connecticut, she has spent the last decade in Charlottesville, Virginia. There she opened her private voice studio, created and led The Field School Boys Choir, a non-auditioned middle school choir for boys, and was also the founder and owner of The Center for Vocal Study, a multi-teacher voice studio dedicated to the art and craft of the human voice. During the pandemic, she curated a health and wellness center in its place giving the community a holistic wellness center led by all women.
She has performed as a soloist with The Oratorio Society of Virginia, the Albemarle Symphony, area churches and through recitals. She has studied privately with W. Stephen Smith, Metropolitan Opera soprano Danielle Talamantes, and in the last few years, inspired by visionary and pioneer in the movement and awareness field, Sandra Bain Cushman.
She has studied improvisation in immersions with Bobby McFerrin and his teaching faculty, including renowned improvisor Rhiannon, and has begun her training as a Musica do Circulo teacher, an inclusive approach to singing that combines vocal improvisation, body rhythm, and non-violent communication.
Over the years Heather has served internationally as a music teacher in the highlands of Guatemala, as a music minister in Central Virginia, lead many workshops and consulted on the voice. Addressing the need for people to understand how to work with their whole bodies as instruments, she co-created an online course to empower singers with the information that is often left out of voice education!
Beginning June 2023, she is happy to accept the position of Artistic Director of Coro Antigua, a
community choir in the world heritage city of Antigua, Guatemala.