Heather Stewart directs the Bucktown and Garfield Park/Off The Street Club Neighborhood Choirs as well as School Program choirs for Chicago Children’s Choir. Prior to joining CCC in 2018, Heather pursued many formative roles as an educator and musician in diverse schools and cities across the country. She taught general music, bands, choirs and gained extensive experience working as an autism therapist and teacher in special education classrooms. One of Heather’s most treasured roles was that of director of the Academy of Music and Arts for Special Education (“AMASE”) Community Choir during her time at Northwestern University.
Throughout her many experiences, Heather found her distinct love for choral music education and became a decorated conductor, having coached her choirs to many highest-rated, “Superior” level performances at state and regional competitions across Texas. Heather has performed with esteemed ensembles such as the Isthmus Vocal Ensemble and Madison Chamber Choir (WI), and the Alexandria Choral Society and Alexandria Symphony Chorus (VA). She is a member of the Village Harmony Cross-Countries Choir (Chicago) and studies Gospel music with ChicaGO Reach Gospel Workshops under Lonnie Norwood Jr. She studied choral conducting with Dr. Bruce Gladstone and Grammy Award-winning choral conductor Dr. Donald Nally.
Heather believes that everyone has the potential to inspire and change lives through singing. Not only is Heather passionate about empowering singers through voice science education, but she is also passionate about teaching social justice through music and culturally responsive pedagogy.
She holds a Bachelor of Music in Education degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Masters of Music Education from Northwestern University.