Instructor in Music Survey

Heidi I. Irgens earned an MA in musicology from the University of Iowa and a BA in voice from the University of Maryland.  She has participated in early music workshops, including the Baroque Performance Institute (Oberlin, OH), the Ringve International Summer Academy (Trondheim, Norway), and the Historic Performance Academy (Montréal, Quebec), where she studied with Max van Egmond, Ian Partridge, and Kenneth Slowik. 

Her performances include solo recitals in the U.S and France, choral works under Antal Doráti, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, and Lorin Maazel, and as vocal soloist in both early music and contemporary ensembles.  In 1981, Robert Ward selected her to premiere scenes of his then-unfinished opera, Abelard and Heloise.  She also plays viola and has been a member of several orchestras.  Ms. Irgens has taught private studio both in voice and viola/violin, and coached ensembles.  She taught elementary school music, and continues to substitute for music teachers and attend elementary education workshops. 

Ms. Irgens received visiting scholar funding from the University of Oslo for her research on the composer, Ludvig Irgens-Jensen, and has presented papers on Norwegian art music and the Hardanger fiddle.  She continues to sing a variety of music and in her spare time plays a handful of Hardanger fiddle tunes.  Ms. Irgens is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda and Phi Kappa Phi.

BA- University of Maryland
MA- University of Iowa