Rachelle has been teaching voice and performance in Newcastle and the greater Hunter area since 2001. Through her years of teaching she has witnessed a growing demand for skilled, experienced and dedicated voice teachers who understand the individual requirements of each voice and every student. The Voice Studio was created to meet this demand.
Rachelle’s initial music training was as a classical pianist and cellist. This later led to classical voice lessons where she quickly emerged as a lyric coloratura soprano. She has had the privilege of studying under Sydney highly esteemed singer, educator and music author, Victoria Watson; previously of Opera Australia and the Victorian State Opera. In 2005 she studied in Munich, Germany, by invitation, with eminent vocal coach Rita Loving of the Bayerisches Staatsoper.
Rachelle has been performing since her childhood when she had particular involvement in several youth orchestras and choirs. Throughout her career she has also developed an extensive biography of performance encompassing Musical Theatre, Cabaret, Opera, Operetta, Recitals, Live Gigs and Concerts. As a performer Rachelle is best known in Newcastle for her work in theatre. She has performed many roles for various companies including Woman 2 in Song for a New World at Lizotte’s, Mrs Lyons in Blood Brothers for JJK Productions, Babette in Beauty and the Beast for NDAC, Lily/Kate in Novocastrian Players’ Kiss Me Kate, Adele in Die Fledermaus and Chloe in La Belle Helene, both for Opera Hunter, Heidi in Pantseat Production’s [Title of Show]. She has received CONDA nominations for her performances as Jane Smart in NDAC’s The Witches of Eastwick, Emma in NDAC’s Jekyll and Hyde, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Yum Yum in The Mikado for Newcastle Gilbert and Sullivan Players and Rosemary in Novocastrian Players’ How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. From 2011-2013 she has been a member of Pantseat Production’s Mix Tape musical theatre revues.
In 2012, Rachelle launched her own production of the Newcastle (full-scale) premier of Jason Robert Brown’s The Last Five Years. She also played the female lead, Cathy Hiatt, in this highly acclaimed and CONDA nominated production.
Also in 2012 Rachelle was nominated for three and won two CONDAs (City of Newcastle Drama Awards). For her work in Breathing Corpses for Stooged Theatre and Into the Woods for Pantseat Productions she won Excellence by a Professional Actress and Excellence by a Non-Professional Actress in a Musical, respectively.