Rebecca Marchan, mezzo-soprano
Rebecca Marchan (mezzo-soprano), 17, from Astoria, New York, initially began her musical journey playing the cello when she was just four years old. After switching to the violin at the age of five, she studied for seven years in various El Sistema-inspired programs, such as United Children’s Music Project (New Jersey) and Opportunity Music Project (New York). At the age of twelve, Rebecca found her love of classical singing through lessons with her very first voice teacher, Maria Brea.
Rebecca has now been studying classical voice for six years and is a senior vocal major at the Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts in New York City. As of September 2023, she is now also under the tutelage of Lorraine Nubar as a student in the Juilliard Pre-College voice program.
Rebecca has won several awards, including Classical Singer Magazine’s 2023 All-State Singer Award as well as First Prize at the 2022 Charleston Romantic Music Competition. She has previously participated in several musical theatre productions and is excited to soon perform in her first operatic on-stage role as Tessa in The Gondoliers at LaGuardia High School.
In addition to performing, Rebecca serves as the Choral Director for the not-for-profit East River Children and Youth Orchestras program (ERCAYO), bringing music to her local Chinatown and giving back to her community.
Receiving the Jack Kent Cooke Young Artist Award will cover the travel and lodging costs related to Rebecca’s upcoming college auditions. The Award will also allow Rebecca to attend an intensive summer music program as well as take consultation lessons with potential new vocal instructors.