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Heidi Joosten

Heidi Joosten


Heidi Joosten is an active musician in the Chicagoland area – working as an improv and cabaret pianist, music director, voice and piano instructor, multi-genre composer, church musician, and harpist. When she’s not in a rehearsal room, you can find her working as a recording engineer for Atlas Arts, immersed in multiple composition projects and commissions, improvising on the keys at the Annoyance Theatre, iO, Piven Theatre, and Second City, and petting literally every dog she has permission to approach. She has music directed over 65 productions and made her professional regional debut with Meadow Brook Theatre in May 2019.

As a composer, Heidi's works have been performed in multiple venues throughout the city, Midwest, New York City, and Canada. She was the inaugural composer for the CCPA OperaLab and also was the recipient of the 2015 CCPA Wind Ensemble composition award. Her original musicals and musical theatre songs have been seen at the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival, New York Musical Festival, Annoyance Theatre, Underscore Theatre Company, Playground Theater, and more. Her original musical THE BONE HARP (with Laura Stratford) was a featured staged reading as part of the Chicago Musical Theatre Festival. While musical theatre is her one true love, Heidi is very grateful to be surrounded by a community in Chicago that embraces her writing in multiple genres, and she looks forward to the premiere of several wind ensemble, choral, and chamber works this upcoming year. She is also the music director and composer-in-residence of Forte Chicago, an all-female improv and sketch comedy operatic ensemble. She is currently music directing QUEER EYE: THE MUSICAL PARODY, which she also composed the music for.

When she gets a moment of free time, Heidi enjoys making music with friends, hanging with her dog Ruby, and consuming copious amounts of cheese. ASCAP. @heidijoosten /

Professional Experience

  • Regional
  • Concerts/Cabaret
  • Education


  • Chicago/Midwest

Interested in touring?

  • Yes

Hireable as

  • Theatrical Composer (Music and Lyrics)
  • Theatrical Composer (Music only)
  • Theatrical Lyricist
  • Music Director/Conductor (Pianist)
  • Music Director/Conductor (Not Pianist)
  • Vocal Director and/or Choral Prep
  • Music Assistant
  • Songwriter
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Orchestrator
  • Vocal Arranger
  • Dance Arranger
  • Incidental Music Composer/Arranger
  • Music Copyist
  • Music Transcriber
  • Pit Musician (Keyboards)
  • Pit Musician (Other)
  • Home Studio Whiz
  • Audition Pianist
  • Class/Voice Lesson/Rehearsal Pianist
  • Voice teacher with roster of private students
  • Classroom music teacher at an educational institution
  • Actor-Musician

My Primary Instrument

  • Piano / Harp

My Instruments

  • Harp
  • Oboe
  • Organ
  • Percussion
  • Piano
  • Saxophone
  • Synth - keyboards
  • Ukulele
  • Voice


  • Ableton
  • Finale
  • GarageBand
  • Logic
  • MainStage
  • Sibelius
  • QLab




  • She/Her