Lecturer in Music
Kelley Hijleh holds a Bachelor of Music degree and a Graduate Performance Diploma from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University in Voice Performance. Ms. Hijleh has appeared as a soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic, the Buffalo Philharmonic, the Ashland Symphony, the MasterWorks Festival, the Janus Orchestra, Baltimore’s 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. In 2014, she was the soprano soloist for the premiere of Cantate Dominio by composer David Davies at Carnegie Hall and was also a featured soloist at the Christian Fellowship of Art Music Composers National Conference at Biola University. She sang with Vox Lumine from 20011-2014. Ms. Hijleh is a member of NATS and has served as an adjudicator at district and regional levels.
A member of the Houghton College faculty from 1993-2015, Ms. Hijleh taught studio voice, lyric diction, pedagogy of the voice, and song literature. She was also the conductor of the Houghton College Women’s Choir for a total of 10 years and completed two years as the director of Vivace Sings at Vivace String Camp. Always interested in improving her teaching, in 2000 she applied for and was selected to participate in the innovative NATS Intern Program. Ms. Hijleh has been mentored in vocal acoustics by Dr. Donald Miller, one of the creators of the voice analysis software, Voce Vista, since 2005. She was a presenter at a Voce Vista workshop held at SUNY-Fredonia in 2011. Ms. Hijleh has presented at the Singing Voice Science & Pedagogy Workshop held at Montclair State University since its inception in 2015 and regularly consults on vocal acoustics at colleges and universities. She also co-presented on Voce Vista and vocal acoustics with Richard Lissemore at the NATS Eastern Regional Conference in 2016. In 2018, Ms. Hijleh was invited to Voice Pedagogy Summit II to discuss the future of voice pedagogy in the face of many technological and social changes with voice pedagogues from across North America.
Ms. Hijleh’s husband, Mark Hijleh is Provost at The King’s College. In 2015, Ms. Hijleh joined the voice faculty of the Cali School of Music at Montclair State where she teaches studio voice and pedagogy of the voice, and she also teaches voice at The King’s College.
Time at King's: 2015 to Present
B. Mus. Voice Performance
Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University