The Choreographer

Heidi Ann Coates holds a Bachelors degree of Music and Business Management. In addition to her degree, she has studied advanced classical ballet and choreography under Eva Powers.

Heidi studied dance at Charmaine's Studio of Dance in Roseville, Michigan and is accomplished in ballet, point, tap, modern, and jazz dance. Her Master classes included studying with George Chaffe of the New York Ballet, Eva Koursaska of the Houston Ballet Company and Al Gilbert, tap/choreographer from Hollywood, California.

Heidi has been choreographer for the Metropolitan Detroit Chorale since 1987. Prior to coming to the Chorale, she was an artist in residence for the Michigan Opera Theater where she instructed workshops on movement and choreography in L'anse Creuse Public Schools grades K-6. Ms. Coates has choreographed such theater productions as: Godspell, You're a Good Man Charlie Brown, Man of La Mancha, Annie Get Your Gun, Roar of the Greasepaint - Smell of the Crowd, Runaways, Grease, and selections from Jesus Christ Superstar, Pippen and Hair.


Music Maestro Please/ Heritage Festivals - Fraser High School Choir, Fraser Singers repeatedly won highest honors at national competitions including the Adjudicator's Award and Outstanding Choral Program Award from Heritage Music Festivals in several states.