Ms. Jill M. Heitzman

Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Liturgical Music

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Jill Heitzman is a full time assistant professor of music and co-director of liturgical music at Divine Word College.  Jill has masters degree in vocal music performance from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.  Jill attended the Aspen Music Festival for four years.  In Aspen, Jill was in the Robert Shaw Chorale and studied opera with Richard Pearlman from Julliard.  Jill has also taught private studio voice at University of Dubuque and at Loras College.  Jill has performed as “the Queen of the Night” in “The Magic Flute” at Northwestern and as “Constance” in “The Dialogue of the Carmelites” in the Hinsdale opera company.  Jill has been a soloist and lead actress in many operettas, musicals, and plays in the Dubuque area.  Jill has soloed with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra on the “Messiah”, the Bach “Magnificat”, Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” and other smaller works. Jill premiered a new setting of “The Creation” (as “God’s voice”) with the Philadelphia Brass and Clarke University.  Jill also teaches private voice and flute at the Northeast Iowa School of Music (or NISOM) on the weekends.  Jill has a 13 year old son and lives in Dubuque.
B.M. - DePauw University, (Vocal Music Performance)
M.M. - Northwestern University, (Vocal Music Performance)
  Teaching Interests at Divine Word:
I have taught or am currently teaching: private voice, piano, flute, and guitar lessons.  I direct small choirs and ensembles for masses.  I also teach group beginning and intermediate guitar classes.  I teach beginning music theory, ear training and sight singing, music appreciation, Humanities with a global perspective, and musical theater practicum.
  Research Interests:
Speech pathology.  I’ve taught non-Native speakers to sing for years, so during my recent sabbatical, I took speech pathology at University Of Wisconsin, Platteville, Wisc.  It was very much like my vocal pedagogy classes at Northwestern but it is nice to be refreshed on the subject and to tell the students exactly how a vowel or consonant is formed with particular parts of the mouth and mouth movements.  I also enjoy researching “Singing from the Right Side of the Brain”.  Using our logic centers to help our creative endeavors.
Sonnets in Song - Six song cycle with lyrics by William Shakespeare. 
     1995 Premiered at the 100th anniversary of the SVD  
     2001 American Composers Symposium in Atlanta, GA 
  Professional Affiliations:
MENC (Music educators national conference) 
NATS (National Association of teachers of singing)
CMA (College Music Association),
NPM (Natonal Pastoral Musicians)
ICA (Iowa Composers Association)
Italian, Spanish, French, Farsi 
  Intercultural Experience:
My family was a host to a Japanese girl for a year - 1970 to 1971.  She is now in California and is considered my sister.  We unofficially adopted her.  I was an exchange student to Tehran, Iran for my junior year of high school.  I have hosted German students in my home.  I have been to Iran, Lebanon, Greece, Amsterdam, Japan (for a month visiting my sister’s family), Singapore, Hong Kong (for 2 weeks), Manilla, Wales, England, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, and Italy.