About the Artist
Britt Hewitt is a New York City based soprano and composer. A devoted experimentalist, she can often be found working with composers on new works, writing and producing music of her own, and teaching a small number of students in voice and writing. Hewitt holds a Bachelor of Music from The Juilliard School, is a staff singer in the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church Choir. and is a member of the New York Songwriters Circle.
Hewitt hasn't known a life without music. Her parents recall her penning her own songs at the age of three, and she was always eager to perform from the family coffee table in her hometown of Jacksonville, Florida. She started taking formal lessons in country music singing at the age of eight. By twelve, she was performing for local television, winning competitions, and recording her own music. She was accepted into LaVilla Middle School of the Arts, where she studied music theory and history, classical and jazz, and musical theatre. Her final year at LaVilla marked her first performance in opera, when the school put together a pastiche program for the Metropolitan Opera's education team.
After her first year studying choral music and musical theatre at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, Hewitt and her family relocated to Dallas, Texas. She transferred into Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, where she continued her studies in choral music, opera, and jazz. There, she performed numerous roles, including Mother in Hansel and Gretel, Pamina in The Magic Flute, Mother in Amahl and the Night Visitors, and Chrissy in the musical Hair. Hewitt was also an active member of student government, and went on to become the school's Student Council President. She was also awarded an internship with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, with whom she worked on developing educational programs. At seventeen, Hewitt became an official contestant for NBC's The Voice, though the teams filled up before her audition was scheduled to take place. She then graduated from Booker T. a recipient of one of two administered Principal's Awards.
In 2016, Hewitt moved to New York City to begin her studies at Juilliard under the tutelage of the late Sanford Sylvan, and of William Burden. During her time there, she performed roles including Miles in The Turn of the Screw, the Spirit in the French, English, and American tour of Dido and Aeneas, Blanche de la Force in a devised work entitled There's Blood Between Us, based on Dialogues of the Carmelites, and Mistress Quickly in a devised work based on Die Lustigen Weiber von Windsor. Outside of school, in 2018, she joined the New York Songwriters Circle, performed her first showcase at The Bitter End and won second place in the NYC Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment My NYC Song Contest. Hewitt was afforded other opportunities in venues such as National Sawdust, Le Château de Versailles, and Holland Park. She also worked with student composers to develop new works, performed in multiple new music centric recitals, and started her formal music production education and work in the school's Center for Innovation in the Arts. She was a Gluck Fellow, for which she performed at dozens of care centers and hospitals across all New York City boroughs. Her culminating senior recital, WOMAN, featured work by female composers from the 20th & 21st centuries, including herself.
Since graduating from Juilliard, Hewitt has worked with virtual and in-person companies and projects to develop new works across the world, including The American Opera Project, Opera Harmony, National Sawdust, The Stone, BeComEnsemble, Artpark, and Experiments in Opera. For the latter, she created the title role in Everything for Dawn, which premiered on All Arts in October 2022, and wrote the libretto for Mischief (or Rathattan) in their upcoming evening of short operas, Five Ways to Die. She was commissioned by The Peace Studio to translate, produce, and record an original song with Corsican artist Petru Canon. The resulting work, Dì Mi L'Amore, can be heard during the ending credits of Conversations that #OfferPeace with world leaders and renowned artists in collaboration with NowThis and PBS All Arts. For her vocal contributions to work in progress Faces of God. she was mentioned in Vogue Italy. In the summers of 2020 and 2021, she studied at Blue Hill, Maine's historic Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, and was the first vocalist to do so. Hewitt released her debut self-produced EP, Unfastened, in June 2021. Hewitt composed music for Juilliard Drama Short Film Old Times, which premiered at Film at Lincoln Center and won awards at the Soho International Film Festival in 2023.
When she isn't writing or performing, Hewitt can be found teaching a small studio of students in voice, music theory, and composition, maintaining her Duolingo streak, or rewatching Fleabag.