Meet the Newest Singing Sergeants
By Technical Sgt. Jilian McGreen
/ Published August 01, 2017
Washington, D.C. -- The Singing Sergeants are pleased to welcome two new members to their ranks: alto, Technical Sgt. Hillary Grobe and tenor, Technical Sgt. Matthew Hill.
Technical Sgt. Grobe holds undergraduate degrees in vocal performance and music education from SUNY Fredonia and a master's degree in vocal performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She is originally from Buffalo, New York and her hobbies include hiking, cooking, and kayaking.
Technical Sgt. Hill earned an undergraduate degree in vocal performance and a master's degree in opera performance from the University of Maryland. He is originally from Laurel, Maryland and has lived in the D.C. area for several years. His hobbies include playing squash and biking.
Both new members developed an interest in becoming military musicians during their undergraduate studies. Grobe first learned about the opportunity to sing in the U.S. armed forces when a military choir performed at SUNY Fredonia. Hill was exposed to military music opportunities when a friend was granted a job with the U.S. Navy Sea Chanters. Both pursued master's degrees and professional singing opportunities before auditioning for the Singing Sergeants.
Technical Sgts. Hill and Grobe have been with the Singing Sergeants for almost a month. The addition of these members allows the Singing Sergeants to function as a more full and balanced chorus, opening possibilities for choral repertoire and enhancing the flight's ability to complete all aspects of the mission.
When asked what they have enjoyed most so far about their time with the unit, both spoke of making music with other highly trained musicians and the opportunity to be part of a supportive community of airmen musicians.