Kate Hillman, RMS Choir Teacher
I grew up in Rockford, IL with my parents, sister, and 2 brothers. From a very young age music was a big part of my life. Both my Mom and Grandma were music teachers and piano instructors as well. It should come to no big surprise that I started playing piano and singing in my local church children's choir when I was 6. As I entered Middle School and High School I emerged myself in anything that had to do with music and the arts - Dance, Theater, Choir, Band, Show Choir and Piano! I loved it! After that, it’s history!
I went to Elmhurst College and majored in Music Education and Vocal Performance. I sang in the Concert Choir, Jazz Combos, and with the prestigious Vocal Jazz Ensemble Late Nite Blues. College was a phenomenal experience! As a member of the Late Nite Blues ensemble, we recorded several CD's, had the opportunity to clinician and perform with such jazz greats as The New York Voices and Diana Krall and completed several tours across the United States and Canada. I went back to school in 2006 for my Masters Degree at National Louis University.
I am beginning my 17th year of teaching and currently live in Batavia with my Husband (MR. Hillman - BHS PE Teacher/Coach), and our three children Halle (9), Nolan (6) and our youngest Ronan ( 4). This year I will be working with all three of our academic choirs as well as helping with lessons for our band and orchestra students. I am the vocal director for our 7th and 8th grade musical and both of our auditioned show choirs 1501 and Vocal Gold. I love all sports, the Chicago Cubs, and of course spending time with my family.