“Rarely have I come across as talented and noteworthy a person as Rachel DeShon,” – Marvin Hamlisch
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, Federal Way Symphony, Bainbridge Symphony and the Charming Vietnam Gala at Singapore’s Esplanade Concert Hall.
She recently made her debut with the Seattle Men’s Chorus in their Legacy concert series, featuring the two critically acclaimed works, ‘Tyler’s Suite’ and ‘I Am Harvey Milk’, appearing with Andrew Lippa as Harvey Milk.
Rachel is a recurring cast member with Teatro ZinZanni, deemed “Seattle’s Littlest Diva” by the Seattle Fine Arts Examiner. She has performed in Seattle and San Francisco with Ann Wilson, Joan Baez, Thelma Houston, Norman Durkee and Lilianne Montevecchi.
She was recently added to the artist roster for Cirque du Soleil.
Rachel premiered Seattle Opera’s production of Our Earth, a cycle of operas created for children, performed in partnership with the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra and Seattle Opera’s Children’s Chorus.
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.
She is the co-founder and director of The Moore Artist Collective, a non-profit Imaginative Arts Development Production Company powered by Shunpike. The Moore Artist Collective is committed to the creation of new works that directly address challenges experienced by young people and their families. In spring of 2013 she debuted her creation of In Recital with the late pianist, composer Norman Durkee at PONCHO Concert Hall at Cornish College of the Arts. Currently she is working in collaboration with award winning Toronto playwright and director Robert Morgan, creating ‘I AM’. ‘I AM’ is a theatrical operatic performance for one woman and piano. ‘I AM’ becomes an extraordinary tribute to one young girl’s quite ordinary capacity to triumph.
She is also currently recording a tribute album featuring the music of Yma Sumac with Creepxotica in San Diego.
Other Performance highlights include: Cunegonde in Candide, Yum-Yum in The Mikado, Lucille Frank in Parade, Papagena in The Magic Flute, Rusty inFootlose, Sister Mary Leo in Nunsense II, and The Diva at Teatro ZinZanni.
DeShon is a BFA cum laude graduate of Western Illinois University.