December 5, 2020

Grant County Herald

Community news from the prairie to the lakes

Soprano offers virtual voice lessons

Heather Hjelle

Heather Hjelle, 32, is offering virtual voice lessons to anyone interested in singing any style of music. The granddaughter of Audrey and the late Tom Hjelle, of Barrett, Heather grew up in Waseca, MN. She completed an undergraduate degree in Theatre from Bethany Lutheran College and a Masters in Vocal Performance from North Park University, in Chicago. While traveling and performing in Italy, France, Canada, and across the United States, she has been teaching collegiate and professional students. She obtained great knowledge as an apprentice teacher with Metropolitan Opera Dramatic Soprano, Alexndria LoBianco.

But, like musical artists everywhere, the COVID-19 pandemic shut her career down and she moved to Barrett to live with her grandmother, help out on uncle Glenn Hjelle’s farm,  and teach vocal lessons.

“Teaching virtually is the same as teaching in person,” she said. “As long as we set up on Zoom or Facebook and I can see and hear them. Whether you want to study classical, musical theatre, county, folk, or pop music, it all comes from the same vocal chords.”

“My goal is to get back to Europe and sing over there again. Music must continue.”

She books her own concerts at this point because women’s voices do not actually mature until they are around 35. She is classified as a Dramatic Soprano, a name from the German Fach system literally “compartment” or “subject of study”, here in the sense of “vocal specialization”) is a method of classifying singers, primarily opera singers, according to the range, weight, and color of their voices.

Hjelle has a big voice!

She is willing to work with all ages and talent levels and will work with people on cost during these difficult times, and she has the experience to further your entire performance capabilities.

You can reach Heather Hjelle at 507-351-4802 or heatherhjellesoprano@gmail.com.