Heather Young holds a Master of Fine Arts in Contemporary Dance from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor of Arts from Hamilton College. In July 2022, she was promoted to Executive Director of City Ballet of Cleveland. Prior to that time, she served as the administrative assistant for the company. Mrs. Young is also the Office Manager and dance instructor at Cleveland City Dance and a yoga instructor at Yoga Roots. She has worked as an adjunct faculty at Lake Erie College, Case Western Reserve University, and Cleveland State University. Mrs. Young was a Teaching Artist with Groundworks Dance Theater and an instructor for the Read to Learn . . . Dance to Move program with DANCECleveland, and has taught Yes! I Can Move classes at InMotion.
Young has danced professionally with Antaeus Dance, Verlezza Dance Company, Marquez Dance Project, and Tikvah Company of Artists. She has performed in works by notable choreographers, including Martha Graham, Pascal Rioult, Carolyn Dorfman, May O’Donnell, Amy Miller, and Elisa Monte. She recently returned to performing with Ajayi Dance, Sarah Holmes Villanueva, and Marquez Dance Project.
Young is also a seasoned choreographer whose works have been performed at the Northeast Ohio Dance Festival, Case Western Reserve University, Allegheny College, and Hamilton College. In May 2013, she choreographed the 8th Grade Musical at Hathaway Brown School, and in March 2014 choreographed Shrek the Musical at Euclid High School. Her work, Let My Hero In, premiered at Cleveland Public Theatre’s DanceWorks’14. She was also a choreographer for Cleveland Dance Exchange’s Top Ten during Cleveland Public Theatre’s DanceWorks’ 15. Mrs. Young has also been blessed with the opportunity to set works for the company dancers for Youth American Grand Prix.
Mrs. Young resides in Cleveland with her husband and two boys. She is forever grateful for their support.
Zoe Stier is a recent graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance under the tutelage of Mary Kay Fink. In the fall of 2022, Stier returned to CIM in pursuit of her Master of Music degree to study under Jessica Sindell. During her time at CIM, Stier has flourished in the orchestral atmosphere, and has had great success performing as a part of the CIM orchestra. Most notably, Stier has performed several times as principal flute and principal piccolo at Severance Hall and at Maltz Performing Arts Center.
Stier began her musical journey in the fall of 2009 in the small town of Alpena, Michigan. Her love of music was shaped both by her private lessons, in addition to the encouraging community of her middle school band. In the spring of 2014, Stier auditioned for Interlochen Arts Academy, one of the world’s most prestigious private arts high schools, and was accepted for her freshman year. During her time at IAA, Stier performed alongside members of the New York Philharmonic, and performed in masterclasses for world-renowned musicians. Through great opportunities and hard work, Stier’s love for performing was solidified. After four years at IAA, Stier then began attending the Cleveland Institute of Music in 2018. At CIM, she has continued to prove that hard work and dedication are the key to success.
Zoe Stier has studied most notably under Nancy Stagnitta, Mary Kay Fink, and Jessica Sindell. Stier is a recipient of two Mu Phi Epsilon Foundation scholarships: the Jean Louise Martin Scholarship and the Madge Cathcart Gerke Collegiate Artist Scholarship. As well as being the recipient of two named scholarship at CIM: the Susan Palm Waller Scholarship for Flute and the Patience Cameron Hoskins Scholarship fund for Flute.
Outside of her classical endeavors, Stier is a freelance recording artist, providing flute for all genres of music over the world. Most recently, Stier participated on a recording for “15 Minutes” for flute, viola, and harp for world-renowned composer, Sebastian Currier.