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Wendy Hillhouse

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Wendy Hillhouse

Lecturer (Voice)
Laureate, Académie Maurice Ravel (France), 1985
B. Mus., (Voice), San Francisco Conservatory of Music
B.A., (double major: Geology & Paleontology), University of California, Berkeley, 1974


Wendy Hillhouse has taught voice at Stanford University since 2010 and has served as stage director for the Department of Music opera and musical theater productions since 2013. A mezzo soprano, she holds a Master of Liberal Arts degree from Stanford, and degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (Voice, BM) and the University of California at Berkeley (BA, Geology and Paleontology double major). During her operatic and concert career, she sang with the Metropolitan Opera, the Glyndebourne Festival and major opera companies and symphonies in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. Early in her career Wendy won numerous competitions and awards including the Metropolitan Opera Auditions, the Pavarotti International Competition, the Loren L. Zachary Competition, and the Eleanor Steber Competition. In 1985, she was the first prize winner of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Artist Award, and received a Lauréate from the Académie Maurice Ravel, where she studied with Gérard Souzay. She participated in San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program and apprentice programs with the Santa Fe and San Diego Operas. She taught voice at San Francisco Conservatory of Music for thirteen years. A past president of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of NATS, she also served as Governor of the Northern California Region. Her research interests include American song, especially the works of Samuel Barber, Charles Ives and Henry Cowell.