I was born and raised in a multi-cultural home in Seattle, Washington. Perhaps that's where my love of coffee and the ocean was birthed, as those elements have always been a part of my soul.
Currently I am based in Chicago where you can find me exploring local thrift stores, singing and auditioning locally, and trying out any restaurant that looks enticing.
I am formally trained in musical theatre belting, pop crossover, classical, operatic, and choral singing. The majority of my degree concentration for both my bachelors and masters degree was in operatic performance (from Pacific Lutheran University ('17) and Northwestern University ('22) respectfully).
I have had the immense privilege and opportunity to perform on operatic stages such as Des Moines Metro Opera, Northwestern Opera Theatre, Vashon Opera, Symphony Tacoma, Olympia Symphony, and more. I have sung musical theatre and pop music at the 5th Avenue Theatre, All Star Seafood and Sports in downtown Chicago, Brevard Janiec Company, and beyond. The last three years I have, competed, placed or won in competitions such as the National Association for Teachers of Singing (musical theatre and classical), The Metropolitan Opera Laffont Competition, and more. Working in masterclasses or in productions with classical musicians such as Gil Kalish, Joyce DiDonato, Jake Heggie, and Stephanie Blythe remains a cherished highlight of my career to date.
I firmly believe artists should not be stuck in a box. Self expression and doing what we love, even if incredibly nuanced, is what makes us human. I define myself as crossover artist, I take immense joy in pleasure in being versatile in multiple genres that I feel expressive and happy in. I hope you'll check out the audio/video recordings on this website to see me in my element. Thanks for being here.
"Mezzo-soprano Miya Higashiyama provides voice to the Chinese Expulsion..."
"DMMO cast the solo fairies with accomplished adult female performers...Miya Higashiyama (Moth) performed with poise and professionalism-"
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