Named one of the "Best of Chicago" (Chicago Magazine, 2008) Rebecca Simone Schorsch instructs singers who work across classical music, musical theater, and commercial styles. Her students sing in opera houses, young artist programs, with symphonies and summer festivals, perform on and off-Broadway, on London's West End, Chicago and regional stages, on national tours, and in film, television and the recording industry.
A highly sought-after teacher in both classical and theatrical circles, Rebecca is known for her technical, artistic, and professional mentorship skills, as well as her sense of what is needed to be a successful 21st century performing artist. Her students have gone on to rich lives in music as full-time performers, teachers in elementary, high school, and university music classrooms, private voice instructors, stars of feature films and television series, arts administrators, entertainment lawyers, music therapists, liturgical music directors, performers at White House State Dinners, and Doctoral candidates in both performance and academic subjects.
In addition to teaching on both the Classical and Musical Theatre faculties, Ms. Schorsch also taught and directed for the holistic summer program, the Up North Vocal Institute for eight seasons. She is a frequent lecturer and presenter, and has taught extensively across the U.S. and the U.K. at institutions such as University of Colorado-Boulder, Wheaton College, University of Chicago, Southern Methodist University, Loyola University, the Source Song Festival, the Royal College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London. Her research on the Disney vocal style was published in American Music' s edition on 'Music and Sound in Disney Media'.
As a singer herself, Rebecca has performed extensively as a concert soloist in both classical and musical theater repertoire, appearing with The Illinois Philharmonic, Source Song Festival, Bach and Beyond Festival, Northwest Symphony, West Suburban Symphony, Salt Creek Symphony, Access Contemporary Music, the Chicago Civic Orchestra, among others. She has been heard regularly live on WFMT 98.7 and was hailed by Time Out as “gutsy…a Chicago favorite”.
Ms. Schorsch is a proud alum of Roosevelt University, where she received a Bachelor's in music in Vocal Performance, and the University of Leeds, where she received a Master's with Distinction in Applied and Professional Ethics, writing on ethics in the performing arts and arts education
- Corssover styles between classical and musical theater
- Classical Voice
- Musical Theatre
- Performing Arts and Studio Teaching Ethics
- Bachelors Vocal Performance — Roosevelt University
- Masters with Distinction Applied and Professional Ethics — University of Leeds