Accompanist - Crescendo
HEATHER RAZO is a highly sought-after pianist and vocalist, known particularly for her exceptional collaborative skills. Born in Sacramento, she received Master of Fine Arts degrees in both Collaborative Piano Performance and Vocal Performance from Notre Dame de Namur University, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities & Religious Studies with a minor in Music from California State University, Sacramento. Heather has previously studied piano with Pat Constantine and Dr. Lorna Peters, collaborative piano with Daniel Lockert, organ with Rexphil Rallanka, voice with Dr. Lee Strawn and vocal coaching with Louise Costigan-Kerns. She has held positions as Director of Music for St. Ignatius Loyola Parish and the Newman Catholic Community, both in Sacramento. Heather is the artistic director and co-founder of Empire Pop Choir, accompanist and vocal coach for the Sacramento City College Music Department, and accompanist for the Sacramento Children’s Chorus, while also maintaining a thriving piano and voice studio. Since 2013, Heather has been a part of Vox Musica, an internationally-known elite women’s vocal ensemble based in Sacramento. Specializing in adventurous and difficult choral music that pushes the vocal envelope, she sings with and accompanies the group, as well as composes music for them on a regular basis. Her most recent piece, “Countdown,” premiered in February 2017 featuring world-renowned Bay Area percussionist Laura Inserra and was highlighted in a segment of “Insight” on Capital Public Radio. Heather forms one half of the newly formed musical duo Music by Chroma alongside vocalist Michael Strelo-Smith, which will be debuting new projects in the near future.