Heidi Upton is Associate Professor at St. John’s University in Jamaica, New York. Hired as a professor for Discover NY, a core-curriculum first-year transition course, she is also affiliated with the Department of Art and Design where she teaches courses in the core curriculum.
Dr. Upton has been a teaching artist for Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education, now known as Lincoln Center Education since 1998. She is distinguished as being one of its first full-time teaching artists in their Focus School and Teacher Education Collaboratives, a post she was awarded in 2001. She has also participated in writing several special projects, resulting in publications such as Windows on the Work (resource manuals that accompany the Institute’s Repertory) and most recently the Lincoln Center Institute/Time Warner, Inc. Professional Development Discussions: Aesthetic Education and Youth Programs: A Guide to Best Practices, which she co-authored with Cathryn Willams, former Director of Strategic Alliances at the Institute.
Since 1994 she has been heard on National Public Radio as a commentator and on Public Radio International as an announcer. In addition, she can be heard as the narrator of several documentaries.
Dr. Heidi Upton, a pianist, was awarded the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Manhattan School of Music as a student of Dr. Solomon Mikowsky. She received the Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, as a scholarship student of Sascha Gorodnitzki. She has performed as soloist with orchestras such as the St. Louis Symphony, the Kansas City Symphony and the Juilliard Orchestra, under such music directors as Leonard Slatkin, John Nelson, William McGlaughlin, and Christopher Kendall. Dr.. Upton has appeared in recital and chamber music with many artists in such venues as Caramoor Center for the Arts and on Martha’s Vineyard. She has performed extensively the music of composer and conductor David Amram with whom she has appeared at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the Jewish Museum and on national radio broadcasts. Most recently, Dr. Upton appears in chamber recitals with Cicada, and with the St. John's Trio.
A native New Yorker, she is a graduate of the famed High School of Performing Arts.