Heather Petrie

Hailed as “a true contralto, with a big, deep, resonant projection that can fill a hall,” (New London Day) Heather Petrie is a familiar voice at St Ignatius Loyola.  She was the 2019 second prize winner in the Lyndon Woodside Oratorio Competition and will make her Carnegie Hall debut this December as the Alto soloist in Handel’s Messiah with the Oratorio Society of New York.  She has appeared with Voices of Ascension, the American Symphony Orchestra, the NY Philharmonic, and Musica Sacra. In addition to numerous roles, she has been a member of the opera chorus at Bard Summerscape, the Princeton Festival, New York City Opera, and the Metropolitan Opera Extra Chorus.  Heather is a founding member of the critically acclaimed, eight-voice treble group Etherea Vocal Ensemble, and is prominently featured on both of their recordings, released by Delos.  Recently, she and other members of the St Ignatius Choir formed an early music quartet called Caladrius, and gave their first concert this summer. She holds degrees from Bard College and SUNY Purchase Conservatory.  More information can be found at www.heatherpetriecontralto.com