Her students have been accepted to classical, musical theater and contemporary music schools including: Curtis Institute of Music, State University of New York at Fredonia, Manhattan School of Music, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Juilliard, State University of New York at Cortland, Ohio Northern University, The Crane School of Music, Ithaca College, University of Southern California, Oklahoma City University, UCLA, University of the Arts, Belmont University, Houghton College, Seton Hill University, Berklee College of Music, and summer programs including Interlochen Center for the Arts, Aspen Opera Theater, Aspen Music Festival, The Glimmerglass Festival, Binghamton University Summer Youth Musical Theater Workshop, and Boston University Tanglewood Institute, among others.
Higher Voice Studio students have won Presidential Scholar of the Arts Awards from the US Department of Education, National First Place in the Classical Singer Magazine Competition, First in Talent in the National American Miss New York Pageant, First Prize at the Gerda Lissner Liederkranz Competition, First Place Grand Prize Finalist at the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards, and The National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition, among many more.
Hilerie’s students are rock singers, worship leaders, cantors, backup singers, country recording artists, cruise ship performers, opera singers, children’s musical entertainers, ministers, karaoke singers, chorus conductors, musical theater performers, R&B artists, church choir members, singer-songwriters, voice teachers and people who were always told they couldn’t carry a tune in a bucket. They are beginning singers to advanced singers, young and old, but what motivates them all is the same: the insatiable desire to sing, their willingness to invest time to grow their instrument and art, and the courage to try something new.
Most recently seen on Dance Moms, Hilerie's current and former students have performed on NPR's radio program "From the Top," The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Grammy Award Week Salute to Placid Domingo with Los Angeles Opera, On and Off-Broadway, Oprah, The Kennedy Center, The Dorothy Chandler Pavillion, on national tours in Europe, on cruise ships, with symphonies and in regional and community theaters nationwide. They have performed with Gavin DeGraw, Wynton Marsalis, Collective Soul, Thomas Hampson, Jason Mraz, Jo Dee Messina, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Brett Eldredge, King's X, Fishbone, Hootie and the Blowfish, Journey, The Swon Brothers and in clubs, schools, coffee shops, bars, fairs and campuses across the country.
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Where singers and performing artists of all ages, levels and styles, develop their voice and cultivate their unique artistic expression.
Higher Voice Studio
1755 Robson Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15241
Founded by Hilerie Klein Rensi in 2011, Higher Voice Studio has quickly become the most sought after voice studio in the regional Pittsburgh Area. Bringing her expertise as a private voice instructor, coach and professional opera, musical theater and rock singer, Hilerie has taught over 1000 students who have ranged from professional country singers to high school students looking towards a career in classical music. Responding to the growing need of excellence in vocal education, Hilerie created Higher Voice Studio's Teacher Outreach Program (TOP)-the first paid internship where talented and aspiring voice teachers learn through teaching, studying and singing. Now offering Music Together® classes for children ages 0-5, Higher Voice Studio continues its mission to provide the most complete education for the complete artist at any and every age.