Hilerie Klein Rensi
Hilerie started taking private voice and piano lessons at six years old. She began singing in the Colburn Children’s Choir (formerly The California Children’s Choir) at 10 and at 12 directed her own madrigal group that toured Los Angeles area schools.
She attended Interlochen Center for the Arts, the world’s premiere summer arts program, for nine summers and graduated high school from Interlochen Arts Academy. She continues to be the only woman in the history of Interlochen Center for the Arts to perform four consecutive lead operetta roles and was also honored with the “Best Female Principle Over 25 Years of Gilbert and Sullivan Operettas” Award.
Driven to help other singers achieve the same success she had enjoyed, she began teaching private lessons to friends and beginning students in high school. Hilerie then went on to earn a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance in three years from Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master of Music from Binghamton University together with Tri-Cities Opera- the oldest operatic training company in the country.
During the summers, she continued nurturing her private studio as well as teaching undergraduate students, full time, during the academic year at Binghamton University . She was an Artist in Residence at Tri-Cities Opera and is proud to say that she has performed over 20 roles on their stage. At the same time, she was the only classical voice instructor in the area who was also a lead singer in a professional rock band and performing musical theater. She quickly became the teacher to turn to for musicians of all styles.
Since then, Hilerie has performed over 50 operatic roles and oratorio works all over the country with appearances including: Spoleto Festival USA, Orchestra of the Southern Fingerlakes, Tri-Cities Opera, Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, Basically Bach Ensemble, Pittsburgh's Opera Theatre Summerfest, Binghamton Downtown Singers, Lake George Opera, Natchez Festival of Music, Orchestra of the Southern Fingerlakes, Resonance Works, Hamilton College and Community Oratorio Society, Undercroft Opera, and Traverse Symphony Orchestra, among others.
She has won numerous awards, continues to perform opera, oratorio, recitals, musical theater, operetta, children’s opera, four part a cappella music, new compositions, and she also tours her cabaret “Alto on the Loose.” She directs and coaches a cappella groups, choral ensembles, church praise groups, and glee clubs, she gives master classes and she judges vocal competitions. While enjoying a full time teaching schedule, she is also a guest lecturer at Interlochen Center for the Arts and at private and public schools across the country.