Recognized for her teaching in the field of musical theater and popular music for the voice, Rebecca Simone Schorsch was named one of the “Best of Chicago” (Chicago Magazine 2008). A sought-after teacher in musical theater voice, she 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.
Ms. Schorsch is on the voice faculty at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and the Up North Vocal Institute. She is a frequent master class teacher for musical theater and specializes in theater styles for classical singers. She has guest taught at 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.
A devoted educator of American music, Ms. Schorsch co-founded the American Music Institute at the Chicago College of Performing Arts. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, The Voice Foundation, and the Musical Theater Educators Alliance International, and President of the Chicago Chapter of NATS.
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, Source Song Festival and the Chicago Civic Orchestra, among others. She has been frequently heard live on WFMT Chicago on both the Pianoforte Foundation Salon series and “Live from the Mayne” in solo recital. Regarded for her conviction to text in performance and involvement in the Chicago classical music community, Ms. Schorsch was called “gutsy…a Chicago favorite” (Time Out Chicago). She is a student and mentee of Connie Haas.