I am happy to announce that this year I will be teaching Music at NYFACS – New York French American Charter School! It feels great to be back in the classroom and inspire so many people to better their lives through Music!

New York City, August 5th, 2022
An open letter to Chorus America.
On August 4th, 2022, I received an email from Chorus America. As a subscriber, I receive emails from them once in a while, so this was not supposed to be a big deal at all.
However, as soon as I started reading the contents of that email, I could not help but feel appalled by seeing racism being promoted among choral leaders. Therefore, I have some questions.
In the email that you can see attached to this text, Chorus America is promoting a new cohort this Fall for their ADEI Learning Lab (Access, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion) targeting “white choral leaders seeking to address structural racism in their organizations and become better allies and accomplices to their black, indigenous, and people of color colleagues.”
If some people fail to understand how racist Chorus America as an organization is acting by promoting this narrative, let me try to explain the reason behind some of the questions I have:
1 – How can anyone determine if someone else is white, black, Asian, or people of color? Obviously, we can see how people look and categorize them according to what we see as similar, but how can we assume that we understand how hard or easy other people had it in life based on our narrow perception of what their lives look like to us?
2 – What is “Whiteness”?
3 – Where is the evidence that “Whiteness” and “White Supremacy” are real, or even a threat considering that the present moment is the year 2022, and we as a society are capable of learning from our past? Do we understand that there are no reparations that will justify and “make it even” any suffering that our ancestors had endured regardless of the reasons?
4 – Could you guys provide evidence of structural racism in any legal and compliant organization operating in 2022?
5 – Could you guys explain that, in order to fight racism, a valid approach is to single out what you consider as “white people” and assume that they share beliefs and or misunderstandings about society just because of the color of their skin?
(If you are still reading this, and you consider yourself a civil individual capable of debating ideas over personal feelings, I appreciate your time, and I ask you to keep reading until the end of this document.)
Now that I shared with the world some of the questions I have about what I consider to be racist behavior coming from Chorus America as an organization, let me share some of my opinions:
YOU WILL NEVER SOLVE RACISM BY TALKING ABOUT PEOPLE’S RACE. AS LONG AS YOU SEE RACE AS RELEVANT AND PREVALENT OVER PEOPLE’S CHOICES REGARDING THEIR OWN LIVES, YOU ARE BEING RACIST.
IF YOU STILL BELIEVE THAT “WHITE PEOPLE” HAVE IT EASIER JUST BECAUSE THEY ARE WHITE CONSIDERING THAT WE LIVE IN 2022 AND THE MAJORITY OF US HAVE TO SERVE SOCIETY IN ORDER TO SURVIVE (YES, I AM TALKING ABOUT MONEY), YOU ARE EITHER TOO STUPID TO UNDERSTAND (AND I FEEL SORRY FOR YOU), OR YOU ARE MALEVOLENT AND YOU WANT REVENGE (WHICH PROVES THAT YOU ARE NOT AS NICE AS YOU WANT TO BELIEVE YOU ARE)
CHORUS AMERICA AS AN ORGANIZATION CAN DO WHATEVER THEY WANT, BUT I RESERVE THE RIGHT THAT I HAVE TO CALL YOU ON YOUR BULLSHIT.
AMERICA IS A BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY, AND IT IS THE LEAST RACIST COUNTRY IN THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. IF YOU THINK OTHERWISE, YOU ARE THE PROBLEM, NOT AMERICA.
CHORAL MUSIC IS AN EXAMPLE OF A GREAT ACHIEVEMENT IN A SOCIETY, IN WHICH EVERY VOICE MATTERS, AND AS LONG AS YOU ARE CAPABLE OF CONTROLLING YOUR INSTRUMENT, LISTENING TO OTHERS, FOLLOWING DIRECTIONS, AND BEHAVING PROPERLY WHEN IN DIRECT CONTACT WITH OTHERS, YOU WILL BE RESPECTED REGARDLESS OF YOUR BACKGROUND AND YOUR SKIN COLOR.
I AM ALWAYS WILLING TO CHANGE MY OPINIONS AT ANY GIVEN MOMENT. COME AFTER ME WITH DATA, LOGIC, AND WELL-SUPPORTED JUSTIFICATIONS FOR YOUR RACIST CLAIMS. IF YOU ARE STILL A PREY ON YOUR OWN FEELINGS, YOU ARE NOT BETTER THAN ANY OF US.
link for the document: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1JmZ8cWMgiP_6Z5qoSDRTJQyqSF29F4rl/view?usp=sharing

My piece “Someone Who Dreams” was accepted into the prestigious PROJECT : ENCORE™ Catalog of post-premiere choral compositions.

This is the fifth piece I got there!

Here is the link so you can check it out: http://projectencore.org/bill-heigen

I will be sharing the stage with a team of great musicians next week! I will be singing some exciting madrigals by Luca Marenzio!

Saturday, June 18 at 5 pm

Immanuel Lutheran Church, 122 E 88th St, New York City, NY.

Free admission (donations welcome). No tickets or reservations required.

 

 

My newest contribution to the world! My EP Four Seasons for Kids is now available on all streaming platforms! I am so grateful for having such a talented team that worked together to make this work come to exist.

Voice: Tamara Usatova
Piano: Matthew Oden

Special thanks to RABO

 

Listen now on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/album/0U5fkMGEfSXiSJWB3GcmI9

I love taking a well-known song and making it sound like a classical choral piece. This time, I have decided to do the opposite; I have chosen a classical work such as “Jesu Bleibet Meine Freude” by J.S. Bach and given it a whole new vocal arrangement. Click on the link below to watch the final result.

My dear friend, Music Director & Organist Dr. Liya Petrides, has invited me to be the Composer in Residence at The Parish of St. Catherine of Siena and St. Agnes! So, if you are around Riverside, CT, you may be able to watch live performances of some of my sacred choral works. So happy to bring more of my works to life!!

I will be joining Ember Choral Arts for a stunning concert! I have sung with them for several seasons, and next week we will perform together! There will be two performances:

  • Saturday, March 26th at 7:00 pm – St John’s in the Village – 218 West 11th Street, NYC
  • Sunday, March 27th at 5:00 pm – Our Lady of Mount Carmel – 94 Pine Street, Montclair, New Jersey

If you would like to learn more about this concert and get tickets, please go to: www.emberarts.org.

I was chosen to be the featured artists for the month of March!! This is an awesome publication, and I am happy to share the news! The Hopkinson Journal promotes the values of truth, freedom, and tradition in every publication – values which are all too commonly overlooked in many artistic communities. The magazine hopes to foster a healthy and intellectually diverse artistic community open to heterodox ways of thinking. Feel free to visit the website: https://www.hopkinsonarts.com/featuredartists