Dr. Heidi Upton, a pianist, was awarded
the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Manhattan School of
Music as a student of Dr. Solomon Mikowsky. She received the
Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from The
Juilliard School, as a scholarship student of Sascha
Gorodnitzki. She has performed as soloist with orchestras
such as the St. Louis Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony and
the Juilliard Orchestra, under such music directors as
Leonard Slatkin, John Nelson, William McGlaughlin, and
Christopher Kendall. Dr. Upton has appeared in recital and
chamber music with many artists and has performed
extensively the music of composer and conductor David Amram
with whom she has appeared in many venues, including those
at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the Jewish Museum
and on national radio broadcasts. Most recently, Dr. Upton
appears in chamber recitals with Cicada, and with the
St. John's Trio.
Dr. Upton has been a teaching artist
for Lincoln Center Education since 1998. She is
distinguished as being one of its first full-time teaching
artists, a post she accepted in 2001.
Presently, she is an Assistant
Professor at St. Johnís University in New York City. She
is affiliated with the Institute for Core Studies and the
Department of Art and Design where she teaches courses in
the core curriculum. At St. John's, she pursues her
commitment to serving the underserved of New York City,
developing opportunities for her students, in partnership
with those who are homeless, to engage in creative work in
a variety of media.
A native New Yorker, Dr. Upton is a
graduate of the famed High School of Performing Arts.