B.A., Dartmouth College
M.M., voice performance, Indiana University
Artist Diploma, Opera, The Hartt School, University of Hartford
Opera Institute Graduate, Boston University
Instructor Certificate, Alexander Technique Center, Cambridge, MA
Heidi Clark is a skilled teacher who blends an in depth knowledge of voice with wide-ranging performance experience, theater training, the Alexander Technique, and Body Mapping to help her students sing with greater freedom, improved tone quality and enhanced, authentic expressiveness. Teaching in the Music Department at Gordon College since 2001, she has helped numerous students learn to move more freely and to develop a clear understanding of how to sing with a healthy, dependable technique. Her Gordon students have graduated to become accomplished performers as well as inspiring, and award winning, teachers in college level institutions, secondary schools, and elementary schools.
A captivating singing actress recognized for her compelling and moving performances, Ms. Clark sang principal operatic roles to critical acclaim with the Ohio Light Opera, Opera North, Durham Center Stage, Harrisburg Opera's "Opera in the Park," Lowell House Opera, and at the Opera Institute, Boston University's highly selective training center for emerging opera professionals. For 8 consecutive seasons, she sang with Boston Lyric Opera in small roles and its ensemble. She also toured New England in Boston Lyric Opera's abridged production of The Magic Flute. As a promising young artist, she sang with the Opera Theater of Saint Louis, in the Banff Center's 20th Century Opera and Song, Dramatic Integration training in Alberta, Canada, at the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Tanglewood Music Center, the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, and the Festival CIPAM in Montevarchi, Italy.
Ms. Clark created the role of Esther in the world premier of Yossele Solovey, a work commissioned and performed by the Lowell House Opera at Harvard University. The Boston Globe described her performance as "outstanding" and the MIT newspaper, The Tech, reported, "fabulously sung.... powerful." She also mesmerized New England audiences in two separate productions of Peter Brook’s La Tragédie de Carmen. The Boston Globe and Showcase magazine, in lengthy descriptions, enthusiastically described Ms. Clark's sensuality and movement as Carmen, summing up their respective reviews by writing:
".... Clark embodied the nature of Carmen, exotic and sensual throughout. Her singing voice, a rich, clear mezzo-soprano, was married to an exceptional acting performance. She was captivating as Carmen." (Showcase)
"... her mingled terror and courage moved us. Clark has an expressive face, a dancer's body, and a fine extravagant voice.... Fennell's flower aria, delivered as a monologue and Clark's "Habanera" leaped out as high moments in an evening of uninterrupted high moments. This sort of performing is the real essence of opera." (The Boston Globe)
Possessing a remarkably wide vocal range, Ms. Clark sang operatic roles in both the soprano and mezzo soprano repertoire. Oratorio performances include the contralto soloist in Mendelssohn's Elijah and the alto soloist in Mozart's Requiem, KV 626, both sung at Gordon College. Equally at ease in music theater, Ms. Clark, an Actor's Equity member, performed with the Huntington Theatre Company, the North Shore Music Theatre, the Weathervane Theatre, the North Country Center for the Arts, the Mill Pond Center for the Arts, and the Chiswick Park Theatre. Her versatility as a singing actress is evidenced by principal roles performed such as the title roles in Regina and La Tragédie de Carmen, Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutti, Prince Orlofsky and Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Lady Billows in Albert Herring, Ernesto in Il Mondo della Luna, Hannah in The Merry Widow, Marion in The Music Man, Polly in The Boyfriend, Lalume in Kismet, Ruth in Pirates of Penzance and Desirée in A Little Night Music.
Ms. Clark became a certified Alexander Technique instructor in 2000, upon completion of a three year training course at the Alexander Technique Center in Cambridge, MA. During her intensive training, she studied with visiting master teachers including Barbara Conable, an originator of Body Mapping, and David Gorman, the author-illustrator of The Body Moveable, both of whose work directly informs the singers' textbook, What Every Singer Needs to Know About the Body. In addition to voice, Ms. Clark privately teaches Body Mapping and the Alexander Technique and has taught these subjects to corporate groups at the Electric Insurance Company in Beverly, MA, and in seminars as part of Gordon College's Summer Workshops for Music Professionals.
Recognized for her talent and potential, Ms. Clark received scholarship awards throughout her graduate education and was awarded the MacDonald-Smith Music Prize for High Achievement in Musical Performance while a student at Dartmouth College. She lives in Hamilton, MA, near Gordon College, with her husband and three sons.