Dr. Heather Winter Hunnicutt
Heather Winter Hunnicutt is Department of Music Chair, teaches applied voice, diction, vocal pedagogy, elementary and secondary music methods and materials, music appreciation, coordinates solo vocal studies for the department, and directs the Lyric Theatre Program. She is the faculty advisor for the Lyric Theatre Society of Georgetown College (LTS) and the Gospel Choir Joyful Noise Singers.
Hunnicutt received her Doctor of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Literature with a minor in Music Education from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. As a Masters of Music student at IU, she received a degree in Vocal Performance with a cognate in Opera, and as an undergraduate student there, she acquired degrees in Vocal Performance and Journalism with a minor in Theatre / Drama. Before coming to Georgetown, she taught voice and diction for the Music Department at Indiana State University.
Hunnicutt is a soprano with special interest in musical theatre and contemporary song literature and opera, as well as traditional classical vocal repertoire. With her extensive dance training, and theatrical work as well as vocal studies, some of her favorite musical theatre roles performed include Rodgers and Hammersteinís Cinderella, Helena in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Maggie in Brigadoon, Clara in Passion, and numerous other roles in such shows as Putting It Together, Bye Bye Birdie and The Music Man. In the realm of opera and light opera, Hunnicutt has been seen in full or partial roles as Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Mrs. Honour in Tom Jones, Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief, Penelope in Gloriana, and the title role in Naughty Marietta. She also enjoys being an active recitalist, winning such competitions at Kentucky National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Awards (NATSAA). She has been a student of Patricia Wise and Diane Coloton, among others. Her students consistently perform well in competitions in both the classical and musical theatre realm and she regularly has NATS winners in her studio. Hunnicutt enjoys stage directing as well, including an extensive repertoire of scenes and such complete productions as Le Nozze di Figaro, Il matrimonio segreto, Hansel and Gretel and The Impresario.
Hunnicutt is pleased to be an active member of the New York Singing Teachers Association (NYSTA), the National Opera Association (NOA), College Music Society (CMS), Music Educator's National Conference (MENC), and National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). She also co-founded Indiana University's chapter of Student NATS and was coordinator of the First Annual New Voice Educator's Symposium. Hunnicutt is a multiple award-winning member of Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity. One of her primary research interests is the prediction and manifestations of performance anxiety among students of singing, and has presented on the topic in Bangkok, Paris, Salzburg, Honolulu, Minneapolis and Philadelphia, among others. She has won awards for her research and is a published on the topic.