Artist Faculty, Voice
Rebecca Simone Schorsch bridges the gap between classical voice and musical theater styles of singing and performance. She was named one of the “Best of Chicago” (Chicago Magazine, 2008) for her teaching excellence in the field of theater and popular styles of singing. Ms. Schorsch teaches singers who perform on and off-Broadway, London's West End, on Chicago and regional stages, in opera houses, on national tours, and in film, television and the recording industry. Her students have gone on to rich lives in music, as teachers in elementary music classrooms or private voice instructors; stars of feature films; arts administrators at opera companies; performers at White House State Dinners; and Doctoral candidates in both performance and academic subjects. She is a frequent master class teacher for musical theater and specializes in theater styles for classical singers, and has guest taught at institutions such as: the University of Colorado-Boulder, Wheaton College, University of Chicago, Southern Methodist University, Loyola University, the Source Song Festival in Minneapolis, Royal College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, UK. She taught and directed for the Up North Vocal Institute for eight seasons. A devoted educator of American music, she co-founded the summer-run American Music Institute at the Chicago College of Performing Arts. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, served as President of the Chicago Chapter from 2019-2021, and was the Program Chair for the 57th National Conference. .
As a singer herself, Ms. Schorsch has appeared extensively as a concert soloist in both classical and musical theater repertoire in the Chicago area and beyond with the Illinois Philharmonic, Bach and Beyond Festival, West Suburban Symphony, Northwest Symphony, Salt Creek Symphony, Access Contemporary Music and the Chicago Civic Orchestra, among others. She has been frequently heard live on WFMT Chicago in solo recital. Regarded to her conviction to text in performance, and her involvement in the Chicago classical music community, Time Out Chicago called Ms. Schorsch "gutsy....a Chicago favorite"
Ms, Schorsch is a frequent lecturer and presenter on teaching and performing American music across genres and she mentors voice teachers across the region. Her research subjects are broad and vary from Disney, Musical Theater, and American music to professional ethics in the performing arts.
- Musical Theater Voice
- Classical Voice
- Performing Arts Ethics
- Bachelors Vocal Performance — Roosevelt University
- Masters with Distinction Applied and Professional Ethics — University of Leeds