Style: Pop; Classical; Musical Theatre
Bio: Rae-Myra Hilliard, originally from Buffalo, NY, earned her Master of Music Degree from the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA. Prior to leaving Western New York, Ms. Hilliard performed with the Greater Buffalo Opera Company, Buffalo Opera Unlimited, Opera Sacra and the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus. In the Chicagoland area, Ms. Hilliard has sung professionally with the Chicago Symphony Chorus, Grant Park Symphony Chorus, Chorus Angelorum, Fourth Presbyterian Church Morning Choir, St. Edmund’s Episcopal Church, and Bach and Beyond. As concert soloist, Ms. Hilliard has performed with Bach and Beyond, St. Edmund’s Episcopal Church, South Shore Community Chorus and the Music Institute of Chicago Chorale. Through her association with the Chicago Symphony Orchestral Association, Ms. Hilliard worked with its South Shore community programs as section leader, vocal instructor and assistant conductor. Ms. Hilliard’s operatic roles performed include the Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, Serena in Porgy & Bess, Donna Elvira in Don Giovanni, Miss Pinkerton in The Old Maid and the Thief, Singing Spirit in Sunyata (world premiere), and Emma Berdis Jones (mother of writer James Baldwin) in The Baldwin Chronicles (world premiere)
As an active recitalist, Rae-Myra consistently programs works featuring Black-American composers/lyricists or works written for a classical singer of color. Her debut CD, Lifescapes: One Woman’s Journey is a compilation of the some of the works she has programmed on past recitals, all of which were written by Black-American composers. The CD is available on CD Baby for download.
Besides her career as a professional singer, Ms. Hilliard is the music director at St. James Lutheran Church in Lake Forest, IL. Ms. Hilliard maintains a home studio in addition to teaching at Evanston Township High School, Niles West High School, the Music Institute of Chicago (Evanston and Winnetka branches) and University of Saint Francis. Ms. Hilliard has been an adjudicator for the Chicago Public Schools solo and ensemble competitions, IMEA preliminary auditions and the local competition for the National Association of Negro Musicians (NANM).
Voice Type: Soprano
Music Styles Taught: Pop; Classical; Musical Theatre
Availability: I am available as a performer; I am currently accepting private students; I am available as a clinician or presenter; I accept students through a college or university program