Jodi Hitzhusen is the music world's version of a renaissance woman --- classically trained soprano, accomplished pianist, commissioned composer, gifted worship leader, inspiring teacher. Her music has taken her all across the United States, as well as to Canada, England, Scotland, France, Germany, Japan, the Philippines, and South Korea.
Jodi completed her Master of Music at New England Conservatory with Academic Honors and a Concentration in Music Education. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Evangel University in Springfield, Missouri with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and English. She was honored as the most outstanding graduate in both fields.
In 2007, Hitzhusen began playing the djembe (W. African drum) and formed the Voci Angelica Trio. Straddling the genres of world folk and classical music, the trio ambitiously blends cultures, reinvigorating traditional songs for contemporary audiences. Vocal harmonies elegantly intertwine with lush cello lines and percussion to create a musical fusion that transcends political and geographic borders.
Hitzhusen made her operatic debut in 2003 as Pamina in "The Magic Flute" and has freelanced throughout the Boston area, even singing premieres of works by local New England composers. Hitzhusen also loves musical theater and has even been recorded as a soloist for demos of new musicals (see the song below from the musical “Queen). She has also produced a singer-songwriter album under her stage name (shhh...it's her secret identity).
Hitzhusen has been instructing piano and voice students since 1999 and is currently a lead teacher at MJs Music School in Waltham, MA. She is comfortable in a variety of styles, including classical, musical theater, pop, folk, and jazz. Hitzhusen believes in the importance of music in schools and has done outreach programs with the Handel and Haydn Society, Voci Angelica Trio, and on her own as a soloist. She is also available as a choral consultant for self-directed singing groups.
Hitzhusen believes very strongly in the importance of participatory worship. She is available as a subsitute worship leader or for consultations with congregations on implementing new songs/responses into worship or on re-inventing traditional music. She has 14 years of experience as the Music Director for First Worship, an intergenerational service at the Wellesley Village Congregational Church.
As a prolific composer, Hitzhusen writes in classical, pop, and folk styles. She is especially interested in writing short responses, rounds, and chants that can be easily learned by a group or congregation and is available for commissioned work in both religious and secular settings.
Hitzhusen has been contracted repeatedly to lead music for spiritual retreats, sometimes composing music specifically for these events. She often becomes part of the planning process for the entire retreat, contributing to the format and the rituals that tie everything together.