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Applied Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, Vocal Repertoire, Vocal Music Performance Advisor, Graduate Advisor, Head of Voice, Associate Professor
Music and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Courses Taught 
Applied Voice
Vocal Pedagogy
Vocal Repertoire
Research Interests 
Vocal pedagogy, literature, and performance

D.M., Northwestern University


Robert Heitzinger, D.M. is Associate Professor and Head of Voice at Northeastern Illinois University, and the recipient of two Faculty Excellence Awards in the area of Research and Creative Activities. He holds the Doctor of Music degree from Northwestern University.

As a soloist, he has appeared with the Lyric Opera of Chicago, Chicago Opera Theater, Light Opera Works and the Cincinnati Opera as well as in performances around the world in concert venues, including appearances with the Chicago Sinfonietta at Orchestra Hall and at the Festival de Musica de Canarias in the Canary Islands, the Grant Park Symphony, the Des Moines Symphony, the Omaha Symphony, the Rockford Symphony and the Southwest Symphony. He is an active oratorio soloist, performing works that include Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s The Creation, and Mozart’s Requiem among others. As a choral singer, Dr. Heitzinger has performed with many organizations, including The Grant Park Chorus, The Lakeside Singers and Chicago a cappella.

His Jewel Box series performance of music by British composers was broadcast on WFMT, and his most recent Jewel Box appearance featured the U.S. premiere of a song cycle by French Canadian composer Réjean Coallier.

He has also performed with the Broadway company and the National and European tours of “Evita” and worked in Music Theater for over 25 years in the Chicago area. In addition, he works as a studio musician and has sung many popular jingles. He has given master classes and recitals in Europe and China and continues to pursue his interests in voice pedagogy and technology.

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