Testimonials

“…let me preface this by saying I may be a little sentimental in my discussion of this topic.  I can’t help it.  Those four plus years of lessons were the years I was figuring out who I wanted to be and those 30 minutes to an hour were critical, acting as a foundation for all the singing and artistry that has happened since.  I can’t be the only one that you’ve taught that was inspired to take singing beyond the initial goal when they walk through the door for their first lesson.  I learned that singing grows with you.  It can go from fun and games to a tool for soul searching and all that’s in between.  Without your lessons I never would have thought that singing was a valid and worthwhile art form and career path, though certainly difficult.  I learned about trying to have patience with myself and accepting that some things are a constant battle (see: tongue tension).  It’s never ending!  What didn’t I learn from you?  I could write an essay on all the things I got out of lessons with you.  Technically?  Like I said, a foundation for all the work I continued – breath, posture, phonation…  All pondering on the matter aside, this seems like a good time to thank you.  You were a great voice teacher, but beyond that you became a great mentor.  I owe you more than I could ever say.”

Ciara O'Neill Mendoza

“Hilerie is a fantastic teacher.  I remember coming in when I was around twelve years old and feeling so nervous that I was gonna have to sing opera or that the teacher that my mom had set me up with was gonna be mean or harsh to me.  But that wasn’t the case.  Hilerie was friendly and down to earth.  She saw my potential and was as excited about my singing as I was.  When I was having a hard time motivating myself, she was there to push me forward to be the best that I could be.  As time went on, she became more than a teacher.  She became a mentor and a friend.  I miss and love her dearly and I don’t regret a single thing that I did while I was under her teaching.  I am still inspired by her to this day and I’m so excited for what she’s doing in Pittsburgh.  She definitely changed my life for the better, in more ways than one.”

Cassie Relyea

“Hilerie has been an incredible, inspirational, teacher, friend and mentor for both of my daughters, encouraging them to be their best in all of life’s struggles and adventures through the pursuit of music and excellence.

Hilerie manages her lesson times and plans effortlessly- with time for friendly and purposeful chat, constructive critiques, instructions to prepare for the next lesson, to cover lesson goals and, of course SING! Lessons are truly just plain fun, and we always completed the class with a sense of having accomplished something significant.

Hilerie takes the time to get to know and listen to her students and families, developing goals about what is wanted and needed from vocal lessons-  preparation for festivals, auditions, performances, recitals, choral rehearsals, family duets, or just self-satisfaction- she is a unique and extremely gifted teacher!  Great for beginning or advanced vocalists of any age!

Personal, Private, Challenging, Inspirational- time with Ms. Klein Rensi is time well spent.”

Mary Beth Willis

“When I first came to the studio, I was skeptical about how much vocal improvement I would see. Trust is rare, and to trust someone with your voice, your soul, is no easy task. I trusted Holly from our very first lesson.  Together, we’ve worked on my voice for one year and I am absolutely stunned at the difference between then and now. The pace of the evolution is insane!  It has been such a dramatic transformation, not only in my voice, but also in my confidence.  All of it, I owe to Holly.  I used to sing at the volume of a whisper.  Now I have a powerhouse voice.  Techniques taught at the studio are top notch.  If you are passionate and dedicated in following her instructions, Holly will take your voice to new levels.  You CAN have the voice of your dreams, and you WILL surprise yourself, guaranteed.  Lessons are never boring, after all, singing is an adventure!  Holly and I have a blast, and I truly enjoy and anticipate my lesson each week!  Trust me, there is no better place to begin your vocal journey than Higher Voice Studio.  Joining has been one of the best decisions of my life.  Hilerie Klein Rensi and Holly Van Hoey, changing lives one voice at a time!  Give them a call. In one year’s time you’ll be congratulating yourself on the best decision you ever made.”

Haley Yanko

“I LOVE Hilerie, both as a friend and a coach.  I was reluctant to start taking lessons in my mid-50s because I was convinced that nothing could be done to mend or improve my aging voice, especially since I had never before considered the proper method for caring for and using my vocal chords.  Boy, was I wrong!  Since I started working with Hilerie, my band-mates have commented on my progress.  My toughest critic – my wife – has noticed, too.  I’m more comfortable singing on stage and my stamina has improved tremendously.  Hilerie is patient, encouraging, and most of all, she knows her business.  Her bright personality, sharp wit and delightful sense of humor all help to make lessons an enjoyable experience.  I would very highly recommend her to anyone – at any age – who is interested in improving his or her confidence and singing voice.”

Gary Ingraham

I have been working with Holly for a little over a year now.  My experience has been extremely positive and encouraging from the beginning, and Holly has been compassionate and supportive as I develop and expand my range, address specific vocal challenges with simple and effective methods, and when working on challenging material.  More than anything though, Holly has encouraged me to express MY unique voice, as well as help me to continue to build confidence in my instrument.”

Laurie Kudis, Charm and Chain

“As both a friend and a teacher, Hilerie is inspirational, encouraging, knowledgable and positive. We have learned so much in the 18 months we have taken lessons from her. As singers who are performing every weekend, our vocal health is critical to our career and Hilerie has made our voices stronger and healthier. We are constantly thankful for her guidance and support each week as she strives to make us better singers and performers. She is an amazing mentor and we feel so blessed to be her students!”

Lauren and Hannah Hobbs, The Hobbs Sisters

“In the short time we have been with you, Kara has developed so much as a singer AND person.  You’ve helped her tremendously!  Can’t wait to see what the future holds!”

Dedra Rantovich

“I love studying with Hilerie. I have experienced a marked improvement in my technique and singing has become easier than it ever has been.  Hilerie also has a wonderful way of making music come alive – she is as excellent a coach as she is a technician.  She also has a positive and uplifting attitude that is infectious.”

Sara Botkin

“Hilerie is not just interested in your growth as an artist; she is also interested in your growth as a person. The two go hand in hand. She breaks down singing into something relatable and makes you fully aware of every aspect of your body, and how it connects to singing. Over the past year, being a part of Higher Voice Studio has changed my voice for the better. I would not be where I am today without her incredible teaching technique and guidance.”

Johnny Luoma

“As an adult male with a weekly show, as a vocalist and performer of children’s music, I wanted a vocal coach who understood the theatrical elements of performance and would take my children’s music seriously.  Hilerie could do both and with such insight, that along with improving my vocal technique, she was also improving my shows with suggestions that ranged from nutrition, to audience perception, to developing and keeping a winning attitude.

If Hilerie was the vocal coach for a president of The United States, not only would the president use much better breath control during his speeches, but he would legislate that all supermarkets carry nothing but organic food harvested using sustainable farming techniques, his foreign policy would be so good that it would usher in a whole new era of world peace, and we’d all have such a winning attitude that the economy would be going straight up with no sign of stopping!”

Johnny Only

“I started going to Hilerie in June of 2012.  Ever since then, I have been making significant improvements at each lesson. Not only has my voice become stronger, but when I sing, I am singing in a healthy way.  At first, I was nervous to go to lessons because I had never done them before.  I just sang without thinking of how I was using my voice.  Hilerie helped me to realize that if I am not using the correct and healthy technique while singing, then I can potentially damage my singing career.  I cannot express how helpful going to voice lessons with Hilerie has been for me.  I have heard such a strong improvement in my voice and I am so glad that I have the opportunity to work with such an amazing woman!”

Emily Palma

“I am a guy who is well over 50 and had never performed or taken voice lessons, but had always loved to sing.  Music had always been a source of inspiration and personal growth for me.  My goals were to sing more often, to sing better, and to explore my potential.  Working with Hilerie was a WONDERFUL experience.  She is very positive and encouraging.  She creates a fun and relaxed atmosphere, where you feel like it is ok to take chances and challenge yourself.  I learned so much from Hilerie, which helped me to improve my range, tone and confidence in singing solo.  Studying with Hilerie is good for your heart and your soul!”

Don Kain

“My daughter started with Hilerie when she was just 5 years old. Over the four years that she took lessons she learned a wide variety of music along with many vocal warm ups and exercises to enhance her singing. She really looked forward to working with Hilerie every week, and has been singing on a regular basis at our church ever since. In her own words, ‘Miss Hilerie Rocks.'”

Tina Otis

“Hilerie is such an awesome voice instructor, but more than that, she is a great person and friend. She becomes her students’ friend and mentor, helping and encouraging them along the way. Of all the instructors I have had in the past, Hilerie is my favorite. She was able to teach me things that none of my other instructors ever did. She really cares about each of her students. When my daughter was experiencing some major health problems, Hilerie was a great friend and encouragement to me. She took time to find information about doctors and diet that she felt would help, and she kept in touch even when we stopped lessons for awhile. She was genuinely interested in our lives. Even though she has moved her studio to Pittsburgh now, she still keeps in touch with us and offers to give us lessons whenever she comes in town. I love Hilerie and truly miss her!”

Lori Relyea

Lessons with Nick are so much fun, he always has an entertaining story to share and is genuinely interested in getting to know his students. I joined Higher Voice seeking to get back into singing as an adult after a several-year hiatus. Nick helped me regain my confidence to perform musical theater again and taught me how to manipulate aspects of voice we are not consciously aware of beneath the surface. He also is not afraid to push students out of their comfort zone, whether it is finding my mix voice or giving Italian Opera a whirl, I’m a better singer for working with Nick.”

Nikki Grayburn

“Nick is an amazing voice teacher. He really took the time to get to know me and tailored our lessons with a focus on my goals and what I wanted to achieve (in this case improving the “singer” part of singer-songwriter). He brings a wide breadth of vocal knowledge to his lessons and was always very patient with me. 11/10, would recommend anyone who is interested in taking voice lessons to take them with Nick.”

Christian Anderson

“My daughter, Nicole, has been taking lessons with Nick for the past several months. I’ve have watched her confidence grow along with her vocal skills. He has been so positive and supportive of Nicole’s accomplishments and that has helped Nicole push even harder in her lessons. I honestly can’t wait to see what the future holds!”

Patti Baker

“Nick is an incredible vocal teacher! He has helped me so much and in so many ways. I could hear and feel a difference in my voice after just a few lessons and I have absolutely loved working with him. He pushes me to work harder and improve with every lesson. Even when I get frustrated, he’s able to help me understand the problems I’m having so that we can work to fix them. He is incredibly talented himself, so he has great insight into how the voice works. I would never have been able to sing a Barbra Streisand song without him. I could write an entire novel on how wonderful Nick has been and I can not recommend him enough!”

Katie Metz

“Nick is an awesome voice teacher for my daughter, Ila. He is kind, supportive, encouraging, and he keeps student at the center of his lessons! He identifies strengths and modifies the song choices to build on those strengths. He has really helped Ila fine tune her singing and we appreciate his work.”

Prajakta Patankar

Nick is incredibly attuned to the needs of his students and meets you where you are. He is able to ease your nerves and make you feel comfortable within moments of your first lesson, because he genuinely cares about your learning. I am thrilled to be working with him and have seen a great improvement in a very short time!”

Tamara Siegert

“Caitlin is by far one of the best mentors I’ve had the pleasure of working with on my vocal adventure. She is always making sure that you are given the correct technique, the perfect song for your voice and opens your mind to going outside of your comfort zone. Being a student of Caitlin’s for over a year now, I’ve noticed so much growth and strength in my performance and I can’t thank her enough for everything she has done for me. She is also a great person to go to when it isn’t vocal related. I couldn’t be happier to have Caitlin in my life.”

Kaylee Skumburdes

“Caitlin is a great teacher and makes everything so much more fun than you think it could be. She always has the best advice and is so supportive. She pushes me to be better all the time, and even in a small amount of time I know I’m growing as a singer more and more.”

Abby Mitchell

“I was extremely boxed up before I came to Higher Voice and I never really explored my voice. I had my first lesson with Caitlin, and within 2 months I was belting (I didn’t even know that was a thing), and I had really come out of my shell. I feel so comfortable around her and I really appreciate how she can relate to her students. The highlight of my week is coming to the studio and getting to sing something new with her. Caitlin is very accepting and is always willing to try new things with me, which I love. She’s really helped me grow as a singer and a person in general, and I’ve even had the courage to sing at both a masterclass and OMN. 100/10 would recommend.”

Allie Cottom

“Caitlin has not only taught me vital techniques on how to become a better singer, but has also instilled in me much greater confidence in my talents.”

Emily Constantino

“I like studying with Caitlin because she makes it really fun and a welcoming place to learn how to sing. Every week when I go I find myself being challenged by something new, which is really neat because I’ve learned so much from that.”

Michael Barsotti

“Caitlin has been an amazing teacher that has helped me to improve my voice in just a few short months. She takes the time to listen to what problems you may have about your voice and what you feels while singing and helps you to understand why the problem is happening and how to fix it. She has helped me gain more confidence in my voice than I ever thought was possible, and has become a great friend in the process. Caitlin has been the perfect match and exactly what I’ve wanted from a vocal teacher.”

Miranda Wright

“Miss Caitlin is super awesome!!! She is so much like a friend to me. She helps me with whatever I need and gives me awesome tips that work really well. She is such an easy person to talk to and I really like her fashion choices too (okay fine, back to the vocals). Miss Caitlin is an AMAZING singer and is extremely talented. She has such a beautiful voice and it’s a lot of fun to sing along with her. She is always really happy, and that just makes me so happy when I go to see her. Every lesson is something new, and I can’t wait to see what it will be!”

Meghan Kuczinski

“Caitlin- what an incredible teacher! She is patient and kind and extremely knowledgeable! I always feel comfortable learning new techniques and stretching my abilities when I am with her. I really can’t say enough about her!”

Ashley Mullens

My first experience with the Higher Voice Studio was as a parent: my daughter took voice lessons with Hilerie for three years and has grown tremendously as a singer and as a person as a result. At some point during that time, inspired by the wonderful experience my daughter had, I started taking occasional lessons with Hilerie myself, which later led to having regular lessons with Holly. I have always loved to sing and wanted to improve my vocal technique. And although I am a busy middle-aged math professor, I figured it is better late than never. Having studied for about four years at the studio, including 2+ years of regular lessons, I now know that I made the right decision. I enjoy every minute of my lessons with Holly, who is simply amazing! She was instrumental in helping me stretch my voice in all directions, learn some secrets of the head and chest voice techniques, and just become a more confident singer. She is always patient, encouraging, professional and just plain fun to work with. I also love attending the masterclasses with Hilerie and the guest artists, where I always learn so much, and performing at the open mic nights. As I told Hilerie, as hectic as my life is, I cannot imagine it without the Higher Voice Studio, and I will be forever grateful to her for offering me these wonderful opportunities to develop as a singer.”

Anna Vainchtein

“Holly is a fantastic voice teacher! Not only does she have amazing, original techniques, but she’s constantly sharing new exercises she discovers to help grow your voice. I used to have a breathy, weak voice and knowing how much she’s help me grown makes me proud to call her my voice teacher. Holly cares about each of her students and doesn’t just stand as a teacher, but as a mentor and friend. She’s helped me grow in my singing, confidence, and decision making. If you’re looking for a vocal coach, I highly recommend her!”

Elise Romero

“Holly has been my daughter’s vocal teacher for 3 years, and she is simply amazing! She does not only help my daughter with her vocal skills, she is her cheerleader for auditions and she is her friend, which means the world to my daughter and me. Holly is extremely talented, and she is someone that my daughter admires very much. We are forever grateful for Holly and Higher Voice!”

Shelly Williams

“I have been studying with Holly for about a year and a half now, and it has been the best decision I’ve ever made. She has been the most amazing coach, friend, and supporter of everything I do. The first day I was so nervous since I have never really sung in front of anyone by myself before, but I went in and she made me realize it was okay to make mistakes! There’s so much that goes into singing besides just “hitting the notes” that I never would have known without taking lessons. She always listens to what I have to say and my concerns and we work through it. Every time I leave the studio I’ve learned something- my voice would never be where it is now without her!”

Anna Rosmeier

“I’ve been taking lessons from Holly for almost a year and i can say that she has helped me tremendously. She is a great teacher, mentor, and most importantly, friend.”

Giovanni Deiuliis

“Holly is absolutely amazing! Not only has she helped my daughter, Carly, develop her vocal skills immensely; but, she also has assisted in Carly becoming a more confident and assertive individual. She is kind, compassionate, supportive, an advocate and an all around excellent teacher!”

Jennifer DeGruttola

“5 stars to say the least.. Coming from a school where participating in musicals and performances was more work and stress than actual education or art, Higher Voice Studio is the light! I was assigned to Holly as my instructor and I could not have asked for anyone better. She meets my abilities where they are, even week to week. Singing is something I thought was a natural, inherited skill. After learning what I have from Holly I know that now to be false. It’s a lot of work and serious dedication, but with Holly’s support and encouragement I feel achievement is possible! I’m constantly inspired by and am excited to see where our work will take me next!”

Dayna Damaso

“Joe is absolutely THE BEST accompanist I have ever worked with. Not only did he sight read every single song of mine like a champ, but he taught me more about the piano in two lessons than I was able to learn in my 19 years of life. I highly recommend him as an accompanist, teacher, and friend!”

Emily Maloney

“Joe really is amazing. Within just a few lessons, I have learned so much about musicianship and have truly grown as a pianist. He is so calm and patient and takes the time to make sure I understand what we are going over. I highly recommend him to anyone looking for a piano teacher!”

Hunter Briggs