About The Artist

About Whitney O'Hearn

Mezzo-soprano Whitney O’Hearn “has a warm and expressive voice and an amazing sense of line” (Ottawa Citizen). She is an up-and-coming Ottawa-Gatineau based vocal artist pursuing a career in opera and contemporary music. A prolific performer, Whitney seeks to make music more accessible through collaborating with composers and singing in unusual venues in a wide variety of traditional and unexpected ensembles. As a voice teacher, she shares her insights and philosophy with students from a broad spectrum of genres.

Mrs. O’Hearn has received a Bachelor of Music as well as a Master’s of Music in vocal performance at the University of Ottawa School of Music, where she studied with renowned Canadian mezzo-soprano Sandra Graham. She has performed in numerous master classes and received coachings from Benita Valente, Gilbert Kalish, Donna Brown, and Russell Braun.

Whitney appeared as the title role in Bizet’s Carmen in January 2008 with the University of Ottawa School of Music opera production. She has also sung, amongst other roles, Mère Marie in Poulenc’s Les Dialogues des Carmélites, Maurya in Vaughn Williams’ Riders to the Sea and The Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aneas, and has been a soloist with Musica Viva, Coro Vivo Ottawa, The Elgin Singers, the choir of the First Baptist Church of Ottawa, the Ottawa New Music Creators, the Kanata Symphony Orchestra, the Pembroke Symphony Orchestra, and the University of Ottawa Symphony Orchestra. In 2009, Whitney was invited as a guest artist to perform Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire with the Stony Brook Contemporary Chamber Players, Stony Brook, NY, she received the Frederick-Karam Scholarship, and she was the winner of the University of Ottawa Concerto Competition, where she performed Gustav Mahler’s Songs of a Wayfarer. She has recently performed in the Ottawa International Chamber Festival, the Festival Pontiac Enchanté, and she appeared as Mercedes in the wildly successful Carmen on Tap over its 2010, 2011, and 2012 seasons.

Whitney is currently the alto soloist at the well established St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Ottawa and she continually brings old and new music to new places and audiences in an array of varied musical projects. She hopes you’ll enjoy today’s experience!