Mitzi Westra

Mitzi Westra, mezzo-soprano, received her B.A. degree in music and religion from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Her graduate work was done at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where she received her master's and doctoral degrees, working with such nationally renowned artists as coach/accompanist Margo Garrett and opera directors James Robinson and Vern Sutton. While in Minneapolis, she spent four years performing, touring, and recording with a professional choral group, the Dale Warland Singers, and was alto section leader for the DWS Chamber Singers. Since moving to Indianapolis, she has appeared as soloist with Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Indianapolis Baroque Orchestra, and New Century String Quartet, as well as performing frequently on the University of Indianapolis Faculty Artist Series.

Recent opera performances include Katisha in The Mikado and the mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors. As an avid choral musician, she has also sung with various local choral groups; summers are spent in Santa Fe, New Mexico, where she sings with The Santa Fe Desert Chorale, a professional choral ensemble. She currently teaches in the vocal department at University of Indianapolis, as well as being an alto section leader and Treble Choir director at Second Presbyterian Church, recording for Aireborn Studios in Zionsville, and maintaining her own private studio. She is pleased to be married to (Frank Felice), composer and professor at Butler University in Indianapolis.