Renee Heitmann is a critically acclaimed soprano, hailed for her “clear, beautiful, angelic” sound, dramatic delivery, and ability to breathe life into the roles she takes on. She is best known in eastern Washington for her September 2017 performance of James Whitbourn’s Annelies with the Mid-Columbia Mastersingers at the Hanford Site B Reactor, sung under Maestro Justin Raffa. She has also been a guest soloist of the Mid-Columbia Symphony under Maestro Nicholas Wallin, debuting with them in 2011 to sing the Ralph Vaughn Williams Sea Symphony, and returning three years later to ring in the holiday season with Handel’s Messiah.
Over the course of her career, she has sung a wide variety of roles, from Mabel in Pirates of Penzance (Geneva Theatre Guild) to her favorite, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors (Geneva Theatre Guild). She has had the privilege of singing many new works with the Center for Contemporary Opera, including at an evening celebrating composer Jack Beeson and his compositions. She toured two seasons with Cirque Dreams’ Holidaze production and dabbled in screen acting, earning her SAG eligibility while working on the webseries These Three Girls.
Renee has written, directed, and produced a number of musical revues as part of the voice faculty of Turtle Bay Music School in Manhattan, including her (almost) one woman show, Welcome to New York. In addition to her roster of private students at Turtle Bay Music School, she also directs their adult Community Chorus as well as three senior choirs at partnered senior centers around New York City. She has been instrumental in implementing new programs and classes that focus on community inclusion.
Renee resides in New York City and is a long-time resident of Astoria, Queens. She holds a Master of Music from Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Music from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. When she is not making music, she is baking cookies for her kindness project/small business, Single Girl Cookies, which revolves around the concept that an individual can change the world through kindness. It was her experiences meeting people under the umbrella of Single Girl Cookies that led to the founding of her womxn’s empowerment group, Ladies First Astoria. Information about those can be found at their respective websites: www.singlegirlcookies.com and www.ladiesfirstastoria.com. [Photo by Melanie Melendez]