Tenor Roy Heilman is a lover of old music and an enthusiast of new music. His talents have been heard in performance with organizations like The Oratorio Society of Minnesota, The Bach Society of Minnesota, Skylark Opera, and The Minnesota Orchestra. He has studied voice with Dale Kruse, Susan Fischer Clickner, and John DeHaan, and coached the works of J.S. Bach with Timothy Sawyer, Thomas Lancaster, and Christopher Cock.
Mr. Heilman received his musical training from Gustavus Adolphus College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music with Honors in Performance, and from The New England Conservatory of Music, leaving with a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance. In those formative years he became the versatile musician he is, and developed the skills that have served him well as a singer of opera, oratorio, chamber music, new music, and early music. Since then, Roy has been in demand to sing as tenor soloist in a wide spectrum of works. He is most often engaged to sing the high tenor parts of the large oratorio works of the Baroque and Classical eras, but has enjoyed much time spent singing new compositions, art songs, opera roles, arias in Bach’s cantatas, and assorted freelance work. Since 2007, he has served as tenor section leader and soloist at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Along with his solo exploits, Roy has sung with many excellent ensembles including The Rose Ensemble, Consortium Carissimi, Glorious Revolution Baroque, and the innovative chamber ensemble Silver Swan.
Highlights from the 2012-2013 season included appearances as soloist in several Mozart masses, Evangelist in Bach’s St. John Passion, and in the chorus at Oregon Bach Festival. In store for the 2013-2014 season include appearances as Evangelist and tenor soloist for the Messiah Festival of the Arts in Lindsborg, Kansas; Evangelist in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and St. John Passion; tenor soloist in the U.S. premiere of Lenten Meditations by Patrick Hadley; and much more.