NIU Homecoming Recital 2009

In October 2009, Rebekkah went back to her alma mater, Northern Illinois University, and gave two master classes and a performance.  Listen to the recital by clicking on the individual links below; the master classes will be available through the Studio Voix-LA! web site (

Rebekkah Hilgraves, soprano
Valerie Blair, piano

Guest appearances by:

Ramses Bugarin, clarinet
Beth Bryngelson, flute

Myron Myers, bass (NIU faculty)

The selections below are also now available for download here.

Franz Schubert (1797-1828):

An die Musik
Die Forelle
Gretchen am Spinnrade

Henry Purcell (1659-1695):

Resistance is but vain (with Myron Myers)

Samuel Barber (1910-1981):

Hermit Songs

I – At St. Patrick’s Purgatory
II – Church bell at night, III – St. Ita’s vision
IV – The heavenly banquet
V – The crucifixion
VI – Sea-snatch
VII – Promiscuity
VIII – A monk and his cat
IX – The praises of God
X – A desire for hermitage

Lester Trimble (1923-1986)

Four Fragments from the Canterbury Tales (with Ramses Bugarin and Beth Bryngelson)

I – Prologe
II – A Knyght
III – A Yong Squier
IV – The wyf of biside bath

James R. Carlson (1972- )

‘Lovely Luna’ from Love the Haven of Peace

TECHNOLOGY Starting life as a technical trainer for Cheetah Software Systems in Los Angeles, she moved quickly into technical support and documentation, finding need for both while with Cheetah. From there, she worked with the marketing team for software testing software (Software Research, Inc. in San Francisco), supported and documented UNIX-Windows interoperability software (Exodus Technologies and GraphOn Corporation in Seattle) and supported and project-managed a web-based collaborative development environment (in San Francisco-based CollabNet's New York office). After CollabNet closed down its New York operations, she formed SheTech and Company. Upon moving to Austin, Texas in 2006, she was invited to become Managing Editor of team, an online technical magazine. This prompted her to move more strongly into web design and content management, now the specialty of SheTech and Company. Now based in Los Angeles, California, SheTech and Company comprises a global team of highly skilled graphic designers, web designers, marketing/communications and database experts. Rebekkah brings expertise in CSS, Photoshop and graphic design, marketing automation, several content management systems and blog platforms (especially WordPress); she has a strong background in writing, editing and multimedia development and has written training courses on helpdesk, customer relationship management, and the Photoshop software. With additional experience in technical support and technical project management, Rebekkah Hilgraves brings years of experience to every development project. Rebekkah is co-author with David Busch of David Busch's Quick Snap Guide to Adobe and David Busch's Quick Snap Guide to Photoblogging with WordPress. The "and Company" part of SheTech and Company includes some of the industry's most talented programmers, writers, graphic designers and database designers. OPERA Rebekkah Hilgraves actively performs in numerous operas, solo recitals and as a guest concert artist in venues throughout the United States. She gave the premiere performance of a new work, Rachel Rising (text by Rebekkah, and music by Rob Deemer) in Maryville, Tennessee, just outside of Knoxville. In and around New York City, she has performed the roles of “Violetta” in Verdi’s La Traviata (Little Opera Company of New Jersey, 2006), “Rachel” in the world premiere of The Eglantine by Sam Belich (New York City, 2005), “Elisabetta” in Verdi’s Don Carlo (Opera Drammatica, 2004), “Gerhilde” in Wagner’s Die Walküre (The Valkyrie Project, 2005 and Opera Drammatica, 2004), the title role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica (Chelsea Opera, 2004 and American Singers Opera Project, 2003), and has performed the soprano solo in Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass (Ars Musica Orchestra and Chorale, 2002). Elsewhere around the U.S., she has appeared as soloist with the Buffalo Philharmonic (2007), Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra (1998, 1999, 2000) and with Orchestra Seattle/Seattle Chamber Singers (1999, 2000), as well as being a founding member of the women’s vocal ensemble, The Sisters (1998-2000). She presents frequent solo recitals in Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Buffalo, and New York City.

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One comment on “NIU Homecoming Recital 2009
  1. This was such a fun performance!

    Valerie and I spent much musical time together when we were in college at NIU lo these many years ago, and we found when we began rehearsing for this performance that we still played together as though we had been doing so the whole 20 years we’d been apart. It was marvelous to work with her, and a genuine privilege to work with Myron, my former voice professor, and with Beth and Ramses, both fantastic musicians themselves!

    We’re plotting our next program, which will be–we hope–to give the full premiere of the entire song cycle, LOVE THE HAVEN OF PEACE (poetry by yours truly–find the whole cycle at–and music by James R. Carlson– as well as a performance of THE CLIFF’S EDGE (songs of a psychotic) by Margaret Garwood. Valerie has done the songs of a psychotic before, and they are truly an amazing collection of work, both the incredibly colorful poetry and the music in which it is set!

    Keep your eyes on this space for updates!


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