Utah native Dallas K Heaton is an in-demand collaborative pianist, music director, conductor, and recitalist in the intermountain west. With degrees from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music (AD-Opera Coaching), Arizona State University (MM-Collaborative Piano), and Brigham Young University-Idaho (BMA-Piano Performance), Dallas is currently on faculty at Utah State University as the director of USU’s Opera Theatre. She recently produced Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and Big Fish (in conjunction with the USU Theatre Department) to critical acclaim. Her other activities at the university include teaching lyric diction, vocal repertory, and overseeing the collaborative piano program.
Dallas has created an annual series of productions aimed at inclusion for differently-abled audiences, giving all residents of Cache Valley a chance to attend and participate in live musical theatre, especially when their circumstances may hinder them from attending shows with stricter audience expectations. These productions have been ardently appreciated by the local special needs community and Dallas feels fortunate that she has been granted a platform she can use to expand opportunity.
In addition to her academic responsibilities, Dallas also regularly works with Utah Festival Opera as conductor/chorusmaster/vocal coach/pianist with their musical theater and opera productions (Newsies, Into the Woods, Hunchback, Ragtime, Peter Pan, Joseph...) and with Utah Opera (Madama Butterfly, Salome, Of Mice and Men, Barber of Seville), Opera Idaho (Tosca, Die Zauberflöte, Carmen, La Bohème), and other companies. She recently appeared onstage in the role of ‘Manny’ in Utah Festival Opera’s production of Masterclass, lauded as being “charming, talented, and spot on.” (UTBA review 7/9/2019)
As an active advocate of education, Dallas also regularly works with youth, having served as the musical director of the Utah High School Musical Theatre Awards ceremony for four years and teaching in various youth music programs. She also regularly uses her accordion and harpsichord training in various ensembles.When she’s not in a theatre or at a piano, Dallas also enjoys spending time with her amazing partner and her lovely children, cooking, playing complicated board games (and learning the rules for said games), advocating for equal rights, and enjoying nature. She recently returned from a year leave spent in Istanbul and has gained a newfound love of Turkish culture and cuisine.