With a voice that has been called “undeniably fantastic” (Seattle Fine Arts Examiner), Seattle native Rachel DeShon has performed both nationally and internationally. The 2001 winner of Marvin Hamlisch’s Search for a Star competition with the Seattle Symphony, DeShon was since seen as a guest artist with his national symphony tour. Additional performance highlights include the Boston POPS! under the direction of Keith Lockhart at Boston’s Symphony Hall, Seattle Symphony Pops, Pittsburgh Symphony Pops, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, and the Charming Vietnam Gala at Singapore’s Esplanade Concert Hall.
She received the Encouragement Award for the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, won First Place in the NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Tri-State (IL, MO, IA) and State Competitions in Illinois and Washington, Western Illinois University Concerto Competition Winner, Seattle Civic Opera Guild Helen Jensen Award, The City Opera Company Young Opera Singers Competition, Pafe (Performing Arts Festival Eastside) Classical and Musical Theatre Overall Excellence in Voice.
Rachel is a recurring cast member with Teatro ZinZanni, deemed “Seattle’s Littlest Diva” by the Seattle Fine Arts Examiner. She performs regularly in Seattle and San Francisco with Norman Durkee, Thelma Houston, Joan Baez, Lilianne Montevecchi, and Frank Ferrante.
She was recently added to the artist roster for Cirque du Soleil.
Rachel recently worked on Seattle Opera’s production of Our Earth, a newly commissioned cycle of operas, performed throughout the Puget Sound Region. This cycle of 40-minute operas, written by Eric Banks (composer) and Irene Keliher (librettist), explores universal themes of friendship, hope, and stewardship of Our Earth. These three operas will premiered during 2013 in partnership with the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra.
Rachel is the founder and director of The Lamb Project, an Imaginative Arts Development Company powered by Shunpike. The Lamb Project combines classical, theatrical arts and mainstream music to create performances that speak to many different generations and various communities. Last March she debuted her creation of In Recital with pianist, composer Norman Durkee at PONCHO Concert Hall at Cornish College of the Arts.
Other Performance highlights include: Cunegonde in Candide, Yum-Yum in The Mikado, Lucille Frank in Parade, Papagena in The Magic Flute, Rusty in Footlose, Sister Mary Leo in Nunsense II, and The Diva at Teatro ZinZanni.
DeShon is a BFA cum laude graduate of Western Illinois University.
“Rarely have I come across as talented and noteworthy a person as Rachel DeShon,” – Marvin Hamlisch
Photo: Michael Doucett