The American tenor, Roy 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. 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. 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 Heilman 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 J.S. Bach's cantatas, and assorted freelance work. From 2007 to 2015, he served as tenor section leader and soloist at Central Lutheran Church in downtown Minneapolis. Along with his solo exploits, Roy has sung with many excellent ensembles in the Twin Cities area, including The Rose Ensemble, Silver Swan, Consortium Carissimi, Glorious Revolution Baroque, Exultate, and the Oregon Bach Festival Berwick Chorus.
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.
A frequent tenor soloist, Roy Heilman has recently been heard in major works such as the USA premiere of a Patrick Hadley cantata with Augsburg Masterworks Chorale, the Evangelist and tenor soloist for the Messiah Festival of the Arts in Lindsborg, Kansas, W.A. Mozart's Requiem, Haydn’s The Seasons, and as Evangelist in J.S. Bach's St. Matthew Passion (BWV 244) and St. John Passion (BWV 245). Highlights from the 2014-2015 season included Monteverdi’s Vespers of 1610, J.S. Bach's St. John Passion (BWV 245), and another season with Oregon Bach Festival. In store for the 2015-2016 season is a trip to Dallas for performances with the ensemble Vox Humana, a forgotten opera by Bernardo Pasquini with Consortium Carissimi, J.S. Bach, Benjamin Britten, George Frideric Handel, and much more.
Roy Heilman rehearses and lives in Shoreview, Minnesota with his wife and two children.