Assistant Professor of Voice
- 585-567-9437 ext #4370
- B.Mus, Grad. Perf. Dipl., Peabody Conservatory (1991, 1993)
A native of Richmond, Virginia, soprano Kelley Hijleh holds a Bachelor of Music degree and a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University. The Baltimore Evening Sun praised her "tone of crystalline purity,” and the Buffalo News raved that she was "a delight to hear." Ms. Hijleh gave her solo recital debut in 1990 at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. as part of the New Young Performers Series. Ms. Hijleh has appeared as a soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Ashland Symphony, the MasterWorks Festival, the Janus Orchestra, Baltimore Pro Musica Rara, the Baltimore Bach Ensemble, the Peabody Symphony, and in major roles with the Peabody Opera Theater and the Houghton College Lyric Theater. She has also sung professionally with the Washington Opera chorus, the Delaware Singers, Concert Artists of Baltimore, the Southern Tier Symphony, the Olean Community Orchestra Academy and Chorus, and the Orpheus Chorale. She has been a member of Vox Lumine since 2011.
A member of the Houghton College faculty since 1993, Ms. Hijleh has also served on the voice faculties of the State University of New York at Fredonia and Washington Bible College. Always interested in improving her teaching, in 2000 she applied for and was selected to participate in the innovative NATS Intern Program. In subsequent years she has sought professional development through Eastman Sings!, the Richard Miller Vocal Institute, the Lake Placid Summer Vocal Institute, and Indiana University’s Vocal Performing and Teaching Workshops. Ms. Hijleh has studied vocal acoustics under Dr. Donald Miller, one of the creators of the voice analysis software, Voce Vista, and has been a presenter in a “wired masterclass” at a Voce Vista workshop held at SUNY-Fredonia.