A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Rachel Black holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Vocal Performance from Vanderbilt University and The University of Kentucky, respectively. She has performed with the Northern Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, The Huntsville Youth Orchestra and toured internationally with the American Spiritual Ensemble. Operatic roles include Marcellina in Le Nozze di Figaro, Meg Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor, Arnalta in L’Incoronazione di Poppea, and Emma Jones in Street Scene. Some of her musical theatre roles include Domina in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Carlotta in Yeston’s Phantom, Ms. Darbus in High School Musical, Nettie in Carousel, Martha in White Christmas, Mayor Matilda in All Shook Up, and Eulalie Shinn in The Music Man.
In 2012, Rachel left New York City to pursue a career in academia. She has taught on the musical theatre faculty at The University of Memphis, The University of Kentucky, and was a guest artist at the University of Arkansas, Ft. Smith. She has served as vocal coach for departmental productions of Do Black Patten Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up, The Wedding Singer, Next to Normal and Oklahoma! Most recently she both vocal directed and co-directed Once On This Island. Rachel’s students are performing on cruise ships, at theme parks and at regional theatres across the country. She began teaching at Emory & Henry in the fall of 2017, and continues to perform as her schedule permits. Rachel is an avid equestrian and competes with her horse, Fiona, in her free time.
M.M. in Vocal Performance, The University of Kentucky
B.M. in Vocal Perfromance, Vanderbilt Universtiy