Professor Andrea Heys

  • M.M. in Voice, Louisiana State University, 1986
  • B.A. in Music, University of Mississippi, 1984

A relative newcomer to Western North Carolina, Andrea Heys, mezzo-soprano, has appeared as a soloist with the Tanglewood Music Festival, New Orleans Opera Association, The Baton Rouge Opera Company, and others in such roles as Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, Emilia in Otello, and Carmen in Bizet’s Carmen. She was a featured soloist on the PBS presentation of Leonard Bernstein’s 70th Birthday Celebration Gala. Equally at home in Opera and Operetta, Mrs. Heys has performed with the Baton Rouge Gilbert and Sullivan Theater and The Southeastern Savoyards in Atlanta.  She has been the recipient of numerous awards including a Metropolitan Opera Audition award, a San Francisco Opera award, and a National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award. Mrs. Heys has enjoyed solo appearances with many orchestras, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Seiji Ozawa. 

She graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from the University of Mississippi, Cum Laude, with a Master of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Louisiana State University, and has completed coursework and performance requirements for the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Georgia.  Mrs. Heys is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Honorary, Sigma Alpha Iota, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the Music Teachers National Association, and the Asheville Area Piano Forum.

Before becoming a full time member of the Mars Hill University faculty in 2014, Professor Heys taught at Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia and East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. She teaches Applied Voice Lessons as well as other classes for the music and theatre departments.  Along with her college teaching schedule, she is an active adjudicator and clinician for a variety of musical events.

Mrs. Heys resides in Mars Hill with her family, where she also maintains a private voice and piano studio. She has taught private lessons for over 25 years, and many of her students participate with honors in NATS student auditions and NFMC Festivals.

Telephone: (828) 689-1509     Email: aheys@mhu.edu