Xochitl Hernandez is a versatile mezzo-soprano and California State University, Northridge alum where she was awarded the Outstanding Graduating Senior Award and was also a Presidential Scholar. While at CSUN, she received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Arts and a Minor in Spanish-language journalism. As both a singer and multimedia journalist, Xochitl is a storyteller who is passionate about using both music and multimedia creative content to serve others and create social awareness.
She has sung with choruses and in operas throughout Los Angeles, starring in Orpheus in the Underworld, L’impresario in angustie, Serse, and The Merry Wives of Windsor with CSUN Opera, La Virgen de Guadalupe with the Latino Theatre Company and Mirrors of the Mind with the LAPCA and SFV-CAMFT. German press reviewed her performance in Trossingen, Germany as "well performed and well received...of the Mexican-American mezzo-soprano Xochitl Hernandez at only 20 years old!" Throughout this pandemic, Xochitl is always determined to make music; she sung the Alma Mater for CSUN’s first ever virtual graduation, performed in CSUN Opera Virtual Fundraising Concerts for the Arts, and also participated in the prestigious University of Miami Frost School of Music Summer in Salzburg Program online where she studied under the tutelage of mezzo-soprano star Robynne Redmon and master classes with international opera star teachers Julia Falkner, Kim Josephson, and Christine Goerke.
In conjunction with multimedia journalism, Xochitl was the lead anchor and reporter for Valley View News and has done freelance reporting for the San Fernando Sun Newspaper, KJLH Radio, and NPR Next Generation Radio. Additionally, Xochitl created her own podcast, Notes From Her interviewing women of color classical musicians discussing music, culture, career advice, gender/ethnic disparity in the arts and social issues.
Xochitl was an intern for LA Opera Connects and an Opera Camp Counselor, as well as a College Advisory Member. This is Xochitl’s first year as a teaching artist for LA Opera Connects, and she is excited to bring her skills to teach students the power of music through cultural/social awareness and advocacy. (XochitlSHernandez.com)