Returning from New York City after a year of teaching, Harriet Rawlins Hill has relocated back to her hometown of Lancaster, Ohio to resume teaching there. Recently, Harriet concluded 15-years employment at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, as adjunct voice faculty specializing in musical theatre, and serving as Auditions Coordinator for the Department of Theatre and Dance.
She is a graduate of the world famous Indiana University School of Music with a Bachelor degree in Vocal Performance. She worked over 25 years in New York City teaching and working as an actress and singer in Opera, musical theatre and other genres.
Over her 30-year career, Harriet has appeared on the national musical theatre stage in over 2,000 performances of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s The Sound of Music, Carousel and the original production and DVD of Sweeney Todd starring Angela Lansbury.
She was a principal soloist on a CD of the Gilbert & Sullivan repertoire with the Rochester Philharmonic conducted by Sir Mark Elder.
Harriet taught over 80 students on the college level at Otterbein University in Westerville Ohio in applied vocal performance both in musical theatre, classical and jazz.
She is and has been a proud member of Actors Equity since 1969.
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Aces of Trades: It’s all about the voice for singer/vocal coach Harriet Rawlins Hill
Jeff Barron, Lancaster Eagle-Gazette
“I teach vocal technique to people from age 13 to well into their 60s and 70s,” Rawlins Hill said. “I always start from where they are and try to develop their voice in a way that they find pleasing and can use in their day-to-day life. Because there’s lots of ways we use our voice besides singing.”
For example, Rawlins Hill has worked with students who want to have a more authoritative voice to avoid being bullied. She’s also worked with professionals who want to speak more clearly at meetings. Rawlins Hill also works with high school students preparing for their college music auditions.