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 was excited to record solos for a demo of a new musical, "Queen." She is currently gathering music for her first singer/songwriter recording under a 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 very 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.