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Serena Hill-LaRoche

Title: Instructor of Voice
School of Music
Serena Hill-LaRoche

Serena Hill-LaRoche, DMA, is an active concert artist having recently been featured in works such as Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Herbert Howells’ Hymnus Paradisi, Poulenc’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Creation and Seasons, Brahm’s Requiem, Charpentier’s Te Deum, Vaughan William’s Dona Nobis Pacem and Handel’s Samson. Hill’s recent performance and/or master class engagements include East Tennessee State University, Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra, Greenville Light Opera Works, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, South Carolina Philharmonic, University of South Carolina, Columbia College, Bechtler Museaum of Art, Virginia Commonwealth University, Palmetto Opera, University of Maryland, Central Florida Lyric Opera, Firenze Lirico, Columbia Museum of Art and Abadía Benedictina de la Santa Cruz del Valle de los Caídos, as well as other performances in both Spain and Italy. Her opera credits include Micaela (Carmen), Lady with the Cake Box (Postcard from Morocco), Rosalinde (Die Fledermaus), Fiordiligi (Cosi fan tutte), Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), Pamina (Die Zauberflöte) and the title role in Dominick Argento’s Miss Havisham’s Wedding Night. She has sung with Opera at USC, Opera in the Ozarks, Studio Lirico, Greenville Light Opera Works, Central Florida Lyric Opera and Piccolo Players. 

An award winning vocal artist, Hill was a 2003 finalist in the Southeast Regional Metropolitan Opera Auditions, a 2012 and 2008 NATS Artist Award Regional Finalist and the 2006 Artist of the Year with FBN Productions, Inc.  In 2003, she was the Bizet Award winner for the Orpheus National Young Artist Vocal Competition and a Palmetto Opera Competition Finalist in 2005. 

Hill received a Doctorate in Musical Arts and a Master of Music from the University of South Carolina, both in Vocal Performance, and a Bachelor of Music from the University of North Alabama. As a teacher, she is devoted to the instruction and vocal development of young singers, working with students to fully realize their performance potential. She maintains an active voice studio and has had the great privilege to work with eager students in applied voice, diction, vocal pedagogy and song literature courses. Hill’s students have gone on to compete in NATS and various other scholarship organizations. As a member of Alpha Psi Omega, Hill has taught workshops in acting and make-up for the stage. In 2003, she developed and executed a series of instructional seminars on auditioning and portfolio preparation for the performing artist, which were received at colleges throughout the southeast.

Upcoming engagements include performances in Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia and South Carolina and a series of recitals along the east coast.