Significant teachers and mentors:
Ms. Hilliard was impacted by many individuals during her time as an up-and-coming vocal star. Severl of her most significant instructors and mentors include: Donald Lemar Hilliard, Mark Crayton, Dr. Dana Brown, Dr. Jean McDonald, Dr. Edna Williams, Prof. Paul Homer, Dr. Raymond Tymas-Jones, and Janice Pantezelos.
Teaching philosophy and areas of expertise:
Ms. Hilliard believes that the voice is an instrument that is ever-changing, and that, as the body continues to grow/age, so does the voice. Regardless of past experiences of the student, her goal is to help them find the efficiency in vocal production. Rae-Myra supports the idea that the design of the human body is akin to a machine just as our brains are to a computer, and because of this, chooses to spend a large amount of time during her lessons on technique. She is confident that with a solid and secure technique, the singer is able to perform any style well. Still, because technique is not static, singers must change their training methods. The basic principles stay the same, but the vocalises and the approach need to change in order to attain the greatest amount of progress, and eventually, success.
Professional affiliations & activities:
Rae-Myra is a Member of Chicago Music Association (CMA) and the R. Nathaniel Dett Club (both Chicago branches of the National Association of Negro Musicians). In addition to being a member of American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA), and NASPAAM (National Association for the Study and Performance of African-American Music). She is also the supplemental chorister for Chicago Symphony Chorus.
Interests outside of music:
Aside from her interests in music, she also enjoys cicycling, swimming, socializing with family and friends, and traveling.
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