Alumna- Master of Music in Opera Performance
Heidi has participated in the Calgary Performing Arts Festival for 10 years, beginning at the age of nine. She considers the CPA Festival to have been a fundamental part of her development as a young artist.
“Over the years, I had the honour of representing the CPA Festival at the Alberta Provincial Music Festival for music theatre and classical voice as well. I not only gained performance experience at a young age, but learned to be disciplined in my preparation, collaborate with other musicians and singers, take constructive criticism and feedback, and reflect on my own performances.
My most defining performances and fondest memories in the festival were in the Music Theatre classes. I lived for the challenge of embodying a character so different from myself. Although I ultimately decided to continue to develop my voice classically, I always considered the CPAF music theatre classes the ones I benefited from the most. I gained considerable stage experience at a young age, and the stage was a place where I became very comfortable. The CPA Festival is where I learned to welcome success and failure and where my artistry began to blossom. When I started university, it became apparent how the skills I developed from my annual performances prepared me for that next step. Through the CPA Festival, I was able to get to know myself as an artist, define who I am and find my individuality and confidence in my future musical endeavours. One of the most notable benefits of the festival was getting to know the adjudicators. It was a huge privilege to receive feedback from so many distinguished performers and educators. CPAF served as a huge compass for me as I began to consider and plan for post-secondary education. I want to express my enormous gratitude to the patrons, supporters and volunteers of the festival who made these opportunities possible. Today, I hold a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Toronto, where I’m entering the second year of my Master’s degree in Opera Performance. I credit so much of my early development as a performer to my involvement in the CPA Festival. I am so grateful to all those who encouraged me throughout those years. My time at the CPA Festival holds a special place in my heart and some of my favourite memories. I am thankful to have had the privilege of celebrating music throughout my childhood and looking back on how far I have come as an emerging artist. “
Headshot by Gabrielle Johnson
Nature shot by Taylor Brewis
Production shot- Heidi Duncan (Madame Herz), U of T Opera’s production of Mozart’s Der Schauspieldirektor. Photo by Banana Camera.