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Youngquist to perform Oct. 1

Sep 21, 2017

Heather Youngquist, 2001 graduate of Washington High School, will be performing as part of a special recital called “The Three Iowa Sopranos.” This event will take place Sunday, Oct. 1, at 4:30 p.m. at the Washington Area Performing Arts and Events Center (WAPAEC).

Heather, a 2001 Washington High School graduate, is a professional lyric soprano soloist recently located in Chicago but now based in southeast Iowa. She is the daughter of Robert and Millie Youngquist of Washington. She received her Bachelor of Music degree for her studies in voice from the University of Iowa and she was awarded a master’s degree in voice, with a minor in opera Studies, from Indiana University.

Heather has been active in many operatic, oratorio, and recital performances throughout the past several years. In early 2014, she was engaged as a Young Artist with Cedar Rapids Opera Theater as the cover of Micaëla in their production of “Carmen” and as Yum Yum in “The Mikado.” In 2014, she also made her debut as Lucia in “Lucia di Lammermoor” with Chicago based company, Main Street Opera, as well as making her debut with Opera Southwest as the Player Queen the historic New World Premiere of Franco Faccio’s “Amleto.”

In recent years, Heather has been featured as a Resident Opera Artist with the Pine Mountain Music Festival, performing as Elisetta in II Matrimonio Segreto and as Hilja in the North American premiere of their new commissioned work, “Rockland.”

As a student at Indiana University, Heather performed as Marguerite in “Faust,” Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Frau Fluth in Die lustigen Weiber von Windsor, and Tulip in the Collegiate Premiere of “A Wedding” by William Bolcom. She also performed in the World Premiere of “¡Unicamente la Verdad!” in Bloomington, Indiana. In 2012, Heather was honored to return to IU Opera Theater as a Guest Artist to sing the role of the Marschallin in their production of “Der Rosenkavalier.”

Heather is also active in recital and on the concert stage, having performed with regional companies including the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, Bach Chorale Society and Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra.

This past spring, Heather relocated from Chicago back to Iowa where she now resides in Coralville with her husband and daughter. She is happy to be nearer to family and friends, and she looks forward to making Iowa her musical home base.

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