Heidi R. Joosten 

Artistic Highlights

Instruments studied: Piano (14 years), Jazz Piano (4 years), Voice (10 years), Lever Harp (6 years), Pedal Harp (3 years), Oboe (8 years), Organ (2 years)

26 years combined accompanying experience (piano and harp)


Master of Music in Composition, Roosevelt University
Attended from August 2014-May 2016 (Degree earned)
Studied privately with Jana Pavlovska (Piano)

Bachelor of Music in Composition, University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire
Attended from September 2011-December 2013 (Degree earned)
Studied privately with Dr. Nicholas Phillips (Piano), and Paula Smith (Harp)

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Music-Liberal Arts-University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Attended from September 2009-May 2011 (Degree not earned)
Studied privately with Dr. Roger McVey (Piano), and Joy Amel (Voice)

Performing Experience 

Vocal range: E3-A5 (belt); E3-E6 (classical)
Can play piano, sing, and act at the same time
Recent musical theatre roles:
Natalie Goodman – Next to Normal (ECCT)
Eponine Thenardier – Les Misérables (NSTC)
Ensemble (Bless the Lord soloist) – Godspell (Appleseed Community Theatre)
Wedding pianist/harpist/vocalist – 9 years

Teaching Experience

Music Director – Forte Chicago (2016-current)
Elementary school music substitute- 40 classes/week- 6 months
Private piano studio- 8 years
Private music theory tutor (aural and written)- 3.5 years
Group music theory session facilitator- 5 months

Collaborative Experience

Choral accompanist (piano)- 9 years
Choral accompanist (harp)- 4 years
Individual lesson accompanist (vocal and instrumental)- 4 years
Music director/vocal coach – 2 years
Musical theater rehearsal accompanist- 9 years
Shows include- Les Miserables, Damn Yankees, Next to Normal, Chicago, South Pacific, the 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, They’re Playing Our Song, The Last Five Years, Cinderella, Annie, Godspell, White Christmas, Once Upon A Mattress

Awards, Honors, and Professional Memberships

Composer in Residence – Lakeland Conference Honors Choir (2015)
Composer in Residence – Platteville School District (2015)
CCPA Wind Ensemble Competition Winner (2015)
CCPA OperaLab winner and recipient of commission for a new chamber opera (2014)
Composer in Residence- St. Peter’s Episcopal Church (2014)
UWEC- Ross Hastings Memorial Scholarship (2013)
UWEC- Outstanding Senior Award (2013)
UWEC- Viennese Ball Keyboard Scholarship (2011)
UWRF- Freshman Chemistry Award (2010)
Member of International Alliance for Women in Music since 2015
Member of Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honors Society since 2013
Member of ASCAP since 2013
Member of the American Composer’s Forum since 2013