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 voice teacher and technician, she instructs 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, high school, and university music classrooms, and as private voice instructors, stars of feature films, arts administrators, entertainment lawyers, music therapists, performers at White House State Dinners, and Doctoral candidates in both performance and academic subjects.
Ms. Schorsch is on Artist Faculty at the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University and she taught and directed for the Up North Vocal Institute for eight seasons. She is a frequent master class teacher, and has taught extensively across the US 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 in Minneapolis, Royal College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, Wales and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London.
A devoted educator of American music, Ms. Schorsch co-founded the American Music Institute at the Chicago College of Performing Arts with colleagues in Jazz & Contemporary music and Musicology. She is a frequent lecturer and presenter on teaching and performing American music, and her research on the Disney vocal style was published in an article she co-wrote for American Music' s edition on 'Music and Sound in Disney Media'.
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 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.
Ms. Schorsch is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, The Voice Foundation, and the Musical Theater Educators Alliance International, and served as President of the Chicago Chapter of NATS from 2019-2021. She received her Bachelors in Music in Vocal Performance from Roosevelt University and Masters with distinction in Applied and Professional Ethics from the University of Leeds, where she researched and wrote on professional ethics in arts education and arts administration.