I have been singing since before I could speak. My first gig was with a Jewish Choir when I was around ten years old, and the act of singing ignited a passion within me that has lasted a life time. During my grade-school years, Ithought that I wanted to go into Musical Theater, and that I was going to be the next Audra Mcdonald. At camp and community theater, sI pursued this passion for music and acting through musicals. However, I tended to play everyone’s mom and grandmother because my voice sounded too mature and operatic. In my Freshman year of high school, I began voice lessons with my teacher and mentor, Paula Brown, who happened to be an Operatic Lyric Coloratura. Slowly, she began to introduce me to the fascinating, challenging and rewarding world of Classical Music and Opera and I was hooked. Through high school, I studied with Paula until I was ready to continue my music in higher education. I completed my Bachelor’s of Music at Mannes College in 2012. I have also completed my Master’s of Music at Rice University under the instruction of acclaimed voice teacher, Dr. Stephen King. In April of 2014, I performed the role of Lady Billows in their 2014 production of Britten’s Albert Herring. Over the summer, I also performed extensively with Aspen Music Festival, singing Pamina, Despina and La Contessa in Opera Scenes Master Classes and understudying Sybil Vane in The Picture of Dorian Grey. In the Summer of 2013, I performed the role of Suor Osmina in their production of Suor Angelica, and covered the roles of Fortuna and Venere in their production of L’coronazione di Poppea. Rachel made my operatic debut with Rice University in their fall of 2012 production of Volpone as Celia. With Rice University, I was also featured in their scenes programs as Mimi from La Bohème, Ilia from Idomeneo, Rosalba from Florencia en el Amazonas, and Mrs. Fiorentino from Street Scene. A Philadelphia native, I'm glad to be home again. In Philadelphia, as well as teaching, I am auditioning for Opera companies around the United States and I'm freelancing within the tri-state area. I just completed a contract in December where I worked with Utah Opera as a Resident Artist.