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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, mezzo soprano and voice teacher, holds degrees from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the University of California at Berkeley. During her operatic career, she sang with the Metropolitan Opera, the Glyndebourne Festival and major opera companies 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. She participated in San Francisco Opera’s Merola Opera Program and apprentice programs of the Santa Fe and San Diego Operas. Currently a member of the voice faculty of Stanford University, she formerly taught at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. A past president of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of NATS, she currently serves as Governor of the Northern California Region. She is also a member of the Opera America Singer Training forum, and the National Opera Association. In addition to opera, she has strong interests in American and French song, especially those of Henry Cowell and Samuel Barber.