David Dehner, who nominated Wendy, had this to say about her, "I am honored to nominate Wendy Hillhouse. Wendy has had a substantial career as a professional vocalist. As a voice teacher she has taught in the San Francisco conservatory, Stanford University and her own voice studio. She brings her expertise to the NATS organization as a leader. She has served on the SFBAC NATS board and at the Western division level. She continues to serve and assist in all activities. As well as being a fantastic performer, a leader in the Nats organization, she is also a wonderful voice teacher with significant results. Her students have received many accolades with NATS and they demonstrate healthy technique taught by a expert voice teacher."
"Like any great teacher, she has a thorough knowledge of breath
movement, posture, diction, emotionality, and style. What makes her
an extraordinary teacher, though, is that she applies this breadth of
knowledge with her philosophy of singing as a form of personal
expression such that her students are both comfortable and
passionate. She has an intensely positive attitude that rubs off not just on her students, but on all those around her. For all these reasons,
being in her studio, both as her student and singing with fellow
students, has been without a doubt my favorite experience at Stanford."
"Wendy realizes a singer's full potential and beyond. She loves finding
what makes a singer unique and develops the voice with an attention
to her students as individuals."
"Wendy continually goes above and beyond for her students and works
with them on technique & musical pieces in a way that is purely
enjoyable and personalized. Outside of teaching she is involved in
many artistic endeavors including her own musical research, and she
works to engage the greater community and administration in the arts
and advocacy of musical programming. She has a wholistic
understanding of what the music and arts communities need at
Stanford and what students actually want. As such, she works to bridge
the gaps between artistic communities. I am so grateful for my time with her."
We are excited to announce a new NATS Cal-Western Region Teacher Award. This award will be given each year to a teacher in the hosting district. To nominate a teacher, both a colleague, a student must participate in a survey. The colleague survey is below. Once the teacher nomination has been received, the committee chair will send the student survey to the nominee to distribute among his/her students or former students
The nominated teacher will then submit the following:
The CWR Cabinet will review the nominees and select a winner. The winner will be notified and receive their award at the end of the competition finals.
Teachers, to nominate a colleague or former teacher, please follow this link where you will answer the following questions: https://forms.gle/mgLNokjVG65gZLnk7
We look forward to honoring the wonderful work our NATS teachers do!