B.A., Dartmouth College
M.M., Voice Performance, Indiana University
Artist Diploma, Opera, The Hartt School, University of Hartford
Opera Institute Graduate, Boston University
Heidi Clark is a skilled teacher who blends extensive knowledge of voice with wide-ranging performance experience, theater training, the Alexander Technique, and Body Mapping. Since 2011, she has helped numerous Gordon students develop a clear understanding of how to sing with a healthy, dependable technique, enabling them to sing with greater ease, beauty of tone, and expressiveness. Her Gordon students have graduated to become accomplished performers as well as inspiring, and award winning teachers in schools from the elementary through college level.
A captivating singing actress recognized for her compelling and moving performances, Ms. Clark performed in both opera and music theater. She created the role of Esther in the world premiere 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, proclaimed, "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, concluding lengthy and enthusiastic descriptions of Ms. Clark's sensuality and movement as Carmen, reported:
".... 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)
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 eight consecutive seasons, she sang with Boston Lyric Opera in small roles and its ensemble. She also toured New England as the Third Lady in Boston Lyric Opera's abridged production of The Magic Flute.
As a promising young artist, Ms. Clark sang with the Opera Theater of Saint Louis, at the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Tanglewood Music Center, at the Banff Center's 20th Century Opera and Song, Dramatic Integration training in Alberta, Canada, at the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, and at the Festival CIPAM in Montevarchi, Italy. 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.
A versatile singing actress with a wide vocal range, principal roles include both Rosalinda and Prince Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, the title roles in Regina and La Tragédie de Carmen, Mother Marie of the Incarnation in Dialogues of the Carmelites, Maddelena in Rigoletto, Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutti, 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 Armfeldt in A Little Night Music. 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.
Ms. Clark, in 2000, upon completion of a three-year training course at the Alexander Technique Center in Cambridge, MA, received her certification to teach the Alexander Technique. 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 and contributes to the singers' textbook, What Every Singer Needs to Know About the Body. Ms. Clark has created and taught seminars in the Alexander Technique and Body Mapping to corporate groups at the Electric Insurance Company in Beverly, MA, and to participants of Gordon College's Summer Workshops for Music Professionals.
Recognized for her talent, Ms. Clark received scholarship awards throughout her graduate education and was awarded the MacDonald-Smith Music Prize for High Achievement in Musical Performance as an undergraduate at Dartmouth College. She lives in Hamilton, MA, with her husband and three sons.