Soprano Heather Dudenbostel is a versatile singing actress and voice instructor who has made her career performing and teaching on both coasts. In New York City she made her Off-Broadway debut in the rock opera The New Hopeville Comics. As a member of Pacific Opera she performed as a featured soloist across the greater New York area and served as co-director of staged concerts in Carnegie Hall. She also performed alongside her husband Ryan Dudenbostel in a production of Ricky Ian Gordon’s Orpheus and Euridice, which was featured by New York Magazine as an “Editor’s Pick of The Week” in Classical Music. In Los Angeles, she was bestowed the Selvin Family “Follow Your Dream” award for her outstanding performance as Jenny in Cabrillo Musical Theatre’s Production of Company, and was nominated for “Best Featured Actress in a Musical” by broadwayworld.com for her portrayal as Grace in Annie. Dudenbostel made her debut with the UCLA Contempo Flux Ensemble performing selections from Lukas Foss’ Time Cycle, and recently gave a concert with jazz greats of the Ron Levy Trio. She has been engaged as a soloist with the Whatcom Symphony and Marrowstone Chamber Orchestra, with whom she performed Mahler’s Symphony No. 4. Also an accomplished stage actress, she has played leading roles in regional productions at Cabrillo Musical Theatre, Duo Theatre, Encore Dinner Theatre, Glendale Centre Theatre, Mac-Haydn Theatre, Mount Baker Theatre, American Theatre of Actors, Collaborative Stages, and ACT. She was a vocalist for five years with the multi-Seattle Blue Society Award nominated Cat House Blues Band, has been featured in numerous cabaret shows in New York and Los Angeles, and appeared in a national commercial for eharmony.com.
As a vocal pedagogue Dudenbostel’s passion is routed in helping students develop a healthy, efficient, and balanced way of singing for a lifetime of artistry. Prior to joining the voice faculty at Western Washington University, she served as an adjunct voice instructor at AMDA College Conservatory of the Performing Arts and New York University. She has been teaching private voice for twelve years; alumni of her studio include leads in Broadway national tours, semi-finalists on American Idol, professional singers, choral directors, and recording artists. Recently she contributed a lecture on the science of singing at the famous Nerd Nite in Los Angeles. Dudenbostel earned her Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from NYU, and holds a Bachelors of Music from Western Washington University. She is also a member of NATS and NYSTA.