Jill Heitzman

Jill Heitzman

Assistant Professor of Music

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Jill Heitzman is a full time assistant professor of music and co-director of liturgical music at Divine Word College. Jill has masters degree in vocal music performance from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. Jill attended the Aspen Music Festival for four years. In Aspen, Jill was in the Robert Shaw Chorale and studied opera with Richard Pearlman from Julliard. Jill has also taught private studio voice at University of Dubuque and at Loras College. Jill has performed as “the Queen of the Night” in “The Magic Flute” at Northwestern and as “Constance” in “The Dialogue of the Carmelites” in the Hinsdale opera company. Jill has been a soloist and lead actress in many operettas, musicals, and plays in the Dubuque area. Jill has soloed on tours of England, Wales, Germany, Austria, and Italy.She soloes frequently with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra on the “Messiah”, the Bach “Magnificat”, Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” and other smaller works. Jill premiered a new setting of “The Creation” (as “God’s voice”) with the Philadelphia Brass and Clarke University. Jill also teaches private voice and flute at the Northeast Iowa School of Music (or NISOM) on the weekends. Jill has a 16 year old son and lives in Dubuque.


B.M. - DePauw University, (Vocal Music Performance)
M.M. - Northwestern University, (Vocal Music Performance)

Courses taught

I have taught or am currently teaching: private voice, piano, flute, and guitar lessons. I direct small choirs and ensembles for masses. I also teach group beginning and intermediate guitar classes. I teach beginning music theory, ear training and sight singing, and World music.


Sonnets in Song - Six song cycle with lyrics by William Shakespeare.
1995 Premiered at the 100th anniversary of the SVD
2001 American Composers Symposium in Atlanta, GA

Professional Affiliations

MENC (Music educators national conference)
NATS (National Association of teachers of singing)
CMA (College Music Association),
NPM (Natonal Pastoral Musicians)
ICA (Iowa Composers Association)


Italian, Spanish, French, Farsi

Intercultural Experience

My family was a host to a Japanese girl for a year - 1970 to 1971. She is now in California and is considered my sister. We unofficially adopted her. I was an exchange student to Tehran, Iran for my junior year of high school. I have hosted German students in my home. I have been to Iran, Lebanon, Greece, Amsterdam, Japan (for a month visiting my sister’s family), Singapore, Hong Kong (for 2 weeks), Manilla, Wales, England, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, and Italy.

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