Before the professional BIO listed at the bottom of the page, I want to share my story and what has brought me to this work:
I have loved music since I was a little girl and always loved to sing, create, write poetry, and make art. I found expression through violin, singing, and piano. As I got older, I got funneled in the direction of pursuing classical music in college and professionally, mostly from teachers and authority figures in my life. In becoming serious about my music, all else fell away, and I grew to be a perfectionist in my studies and music making, so afraid of failure and rejection. As a sensitive soul in a difficult and competitive field, I felt rejected, misunderstood, and like an outsider a lot. Things that seemed to come easier for others that I had to work really hard for. I was not enjoying my music and felt pressured to create and always be "ON." This led me to creative burnout. My anxiety was always under the surface, spurred on by depressive episodes, and eventually became so debilitating after college that I had to take a major step back. After receiving my degrees, a leg of performing, auditions in NYC, and some traumatic interactions in the classical music world, one pivotal day in my life I knew I had to walk away.
I was alone, sitting in a cafe in New York City, completely devastated, depleted, and burnt out. I was miserable and felt I was living a life that was not my own. Somewhere along the line, I lost the WHY I was singing in the first place. Something that once brought me so much joy, my art, had become a complete life-sucking void. I had lost my purpose and was seeking approval and validation from everyone but myself. I was trying to do what all my teachers and mentors had shown me to do, and what everyone in the industry said was the path to success. It did not work because I was not being true to myself and my own authentic voice, but was trying to fit in, in all the wrong places. The truth was I was confused, and I didn't even know my own voice at the core.
In many ways to the world's eyes that cares about results, accolades, and productivity, I'd been "successful". I've toured and sang professionally, received advanced training & diplomas, yet that really did not mean much due to the soul-crushing weight of the pressure I was under. On a soul level, this identity crisis led to the darkest days of my life, depression, and contemplation of ending my life. In navigating this void of darkness, I started to heal, rediscovered my purpose and calling in teaching and mentoring, and had to dig deep to figure out how I wanted to move forward. This was the turning point to walk away from the industry and carve out a new path. Being on the precipice of that change after I had given decades and dedicated everything was terrifying! Yet, my intuition was telling me to go...
Spirit's intervention directed me to Asheville, NC to heal and to pursue my soul's passion of running my own business in private teaching, coaching, & directing. I decided to listen to my inner voice and carve my own path as a teacher and mentor in a way that felt aligned with who I truly am. I am committed to telling the truth, my story, and I am passionate about serving others and helping others to develop their vocal and creative gifts. In early 2019, I became certified in Life, Energy, and Spiritual Coaching. I now merge the music and coaching worlds together! I support my clients with tools to navigate failure, depression, anxieties, and address the blocks to our expression.
I've been creating on my own terms now and have been writing more and even doing art again! I have been to the depths of the darkness as a creative, refined by fire, and returned with many gifts to share with my clients. It is my soul's mission to provide my clients with the emotional support I didn't have, and the tools to navigate the shadow side of our creative lives. To embrace what gets brushed over- our darkness; and to learn how to navigate it, receive the gifts, and come out the other side. We have to find our place amidst all the noise in this vast expanse of time and space. It is our birthright to create, share, connect, and express who we are. I am here to support creatives, artists, and truth-seekers of all kinds. I have found my authentic voice, and my mission is to live my truth by teaching, sharing, and helping others to do the same.
Educational and Professional Bio
Hillary Alice Trumpler (NY) started her musical journey playing violin, piano, and singing as a young girl and fell in love with drama and music. She pursued collegiate musical studies and graduated from Houghton College’s Greatbatch School of Music in May of 2011 with her Bachelor’s of Music in Vocal Performance. She then completed her Master’s of Music and Artist's Diploma in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the University of Miami in May of 2013/2014 as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Vocal Performance and Opera department at the Frost School of Music. She has since performed globally across Europe and in the USA as a soloist and in touring choral groups.
Hillary's profession of musical performing/directing/teaching from New York to Florida and finally to North Carolina includes teaching Young Children's and Kindermusik classes, directing music summer camps, freelance classical/contemporary singing gigs, songwriting and recording original music. She also has extensive church music experience as a staff church soloist and section leader, wedding singer, and church choir directing. Hillary also directed a high school age a cappella club, and was a scholarship manager and director for a non-profit music organization. Hillary over the years has developed and launched her own business and private studio for teaching voice and piano. Sharing her musical gifts teaching her students is truly her joy and calling. Hillary embodies her passion for music, creativity, and holistic wellness in her work with clients and enjoys seeing her students grow and flourish musically and artistically. Hillary completed her Artist of the Spirit Coaching Certification in February of 2019 and is a Certified Life, Spiritual, and Energetic Coach. (CLC, CSC, CEC)
Most recently in Hillary's singing and directing career, she collaborated with the Asheville Lyric Opera in opera scenes and as a featured soloist in Haydn's The Creation in Waynesville, NC. She was Music Director at Marshall Presbyterian Church from 2015-2016 and was a soloist at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville from 2016-2018. Hillary also was a faculty member at Asheville Music School and Academy for the Arts in Asheville. During her time teaching and performing in NY, Hillary was a private vocal instructor at Main Stage Studios and a freelance artist. While in Miami, FL, Ms. Trumpler was a vocal instructor at Superior Academy of Music in Kendall, FL and as a soprano section leader and soloist at Plymouth Congregational Church in Coconut Grove, FL. Hillary was also a soloist at Temple Beth Am in Kendall, FL. She has also toured domestically and abroad to Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, and France as a sacred music soloist.
Performance credit highlights include the role of The Queen of the Night in Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” in Winston-Salem, NC and Miami, FL and a recital tour from Miami to New York. Hillary also performed the role of Elizabeth Taylor in the production of “Jackie O.” Ms. Trumpler performed scenes as the Governess from Britten’s “The Turn of the Screw” and Female Chorus in “The Rape of Lucretia”. She has also performed the role of Le Feu (Fire) in Ravel’s “L’Enfant et Les Sortileges,” and in Mozart’s “Abduction from the Seraglio,” and “ Le Nozze di Figaro.” She has performed the stage roles of Gretel in “Hansel und Gretel,” Rapunzel and the Wicked Stepmother in “Into the Woods,” and Valencienne in “The Merry Widow.” Hillary has further participated in Master Classes with Metropolitan Soprano Leona Mitchell, as well as Sylvia Greenberg and David Aronson from the ViennaStadt Opera in Austria.