"I have the opportunity to work closely with wonderful artists who share my love for collaborative learning. The liberal arts environment cultivates a holistic approach to educating future citizens. It creates citizens who are not only able to pay bills, but who also contribute meaningfully to communities and value the contributions of the arts—citizens who make educated decisions about the support of scientific research and understand how we each contribute to this world community."
Students come to my studio with varying musical and life experiences and with varying degrees of ability and talent. Principles of vocal technique that are incorporated into lessons are based upon the individual needs of the student and include attentiveness to proper body alignment for ultimate breath control, recognition of good tone production based upon the sensation of optimal sound practice of healthy vocal hygiene, emphasis on vocal production as it applies to classical and musical theatre genres, attentiveness to the individual level of current vocal production, understanding, and reinforcement of proper vocal technique with emphasis on the love of singing.
Serena Hill-LaRoche is Associate Professor of Music and Coordinator of Vocal Studies at Coker College, where she teaches applied voice, diction, vocal pedagogy and song literature. Hill’s recent performance and/or master class engagements include East Tennessee State University, 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. An award winning vocal artist, Hill was a 2003 finalist in the Southeast Regional Metropolitan Opera Auditions, a 2012 and 2008 NATSAA 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. Recent engagements include performances of Samuel Barber’s Knoxville: Summer of 1915, Bach’s Cantata No. 1, Vaughan Williams’s Dona nobis pacem, Britten’s Les Illuminations, Mendelssohn’s Hymn of Praise, Mozart’s Requiem, and Werner Jaegerhuber’s Messe Folklorique Haïtienne as well as a series of recitals down the East Coast.