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- Biographical Information
Hannah Roberts is a recent graduate of Ohio University with a master’s in Vocal Performance. Throughout her academic studies, Hannah has appeared in a variety of productions. Hannah was recently seen singing the role of First Lady in Ohio University Opera Theater’s production of Die Zauberflöte and as a 2018 Vocal Academy Artist with Prague Summer Nights Young Artist Music Festival. In addition to solo work, Hannah also has an extensive background in choral music and has performed with ensembles such as the Capital University Chapel Choir, the Capital University Women’s Chorus, and the St. Joseph’s Cathedral Choir. Hannah holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Technology from Capital University.
- Artistic Statement
There is a quote by Maya Angelou that says “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Those few short sentences essentially sum up why I am drawn to singing. Interestingly enough, one of my favorite parts about performing (specifically singing/performing opera) is that the subject matter isn’t always meant to make one feel joyful. Sure, music makes me happy in general and I want my music to make other people happy too. However, sometimes it feels good just to have feelings. Music is a human experience and humans are complicated. My mission as an artist is to provide my audience with a cathartic experience that I think everyone on some level craves. Sometimes you need a good laugh. Other times it’s a good cry. Maybe sometimes a rage aria really does the trick. Any way you put it, I suppose I would have to say that I love performing for the way it provides emotional fulfillment, and it is my greatest joy when others choose to come on this crazy ride with me.
- Teaching, Mentoring or Workshop Facilitating Philosophy
As a voice teacher, my main goal is to motivate my students to become more open with themselves. I have found that many people want so desperately to be able to sing well, but they are very reluctant to step out of their comfort zone. Often times misconstrued ideas of what singing is or what your own voice “should sound like” inhibits the true (and often beautiful!) voice from being heard. I believe that singing is a natural process, and it is my job to help my students break any physical/mental/emotional barriers that prevent that process from occurring. I often choose to help students build technique by also building their confidence as performers.
Learning to sing well is not an overnight process. I encourage my students to appreciate small victories, try their best not to compare their growth to that of others, and most importantly, enjoy their journey.
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