Heidi Waleson

Writer, The Wall Street Journal

Heidi Waleson is the opera critic of The Wall Street Journal and the author of several publications about foundations and philanthropy, including “A Trust Fulfilled: Four Decades of Grantmaking by the Mary Flagler Charitable Trust,” “Giving More. Making Change. A Journey in Progressive Grant Making” (FACT), “Beyond 5%: The New Foundation Payout Menu” (FACT, Northern California Grantmakers, NY Regional Association of Grantmakers), and “Turning Passion into Action: Giving While Living” (Atlantic Philanthropies). As a music critic and arts journalist, Waleson has reviewed hundreds of productions in New York, across the U.S., and internationally. In her work for the Journal and numerous other publications, including Opera News, Musical America, Symphony Magazine, and Early Music Magazine, she has explored a wide range of issues in the arts, tackling such subjects as artistic innovation and institutional sustainability. She is a faculty member of the biennial Rubin Institute for Music Criticism, teaching and mentoring young music writers.