Rebecca Sherburn - voice expert
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About Rebecca Sherburn
Rebecca SherburnDr. Rebecca Sherburn is the Director of Vocal Studies and an Associate Professor of Voice at Chapman University's Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music in Southern California. Her scholarly work has been published in professional journals of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the American Choral Directors Association, and the College Music Society. A native Californian, she received her undergraduate degree from California State University-Los Angeles and her Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Southern California.

Sherburn's international performances include roles sung with the Berliner Festwochen, and the Neue Flora Theater Hamburg as well as other German State Theaters in Oberhausen, Gütersloh, Osnabrück and Aachen. Her national engagements include appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, New York New Music Ensemble, newEar of Kansas City, Los Angeles Master Chorale, South Florida Master Chorale, William Hall Chorale, Los Angeles Concert Opera, Santa Barbara Light Opera, Opera Grand Rapids, Virginia Opera, Flagstaff Symphony, NewWest Symphony, Kansas City Symphony, and Kansas City Ballet.

In addition to performing a vast amount of standard vocal repertoire, Rebecca Sherburn has distinguished herself as a champion of contemporary music. As a concert artist, she has premiered several works that were written specifically for her voice, and she has built a reputation for performing rarely heard contemporary chamber works. In 2014 "Paul Creston Songs" was released by Albany Records. Dr. Sherburn's work is the only comprehensive recording of Creston's vocal opus. In 2017 Albany Records released a second CD entitled "Love, the Fair Day", a compilation of chamber music by composers of the Second New England School.

She was the winner of such competitions as the regional Metropolitan Opera National Council auditions, Annual Aspen Voice Competition, American Opera Awards, and the Viktor Fuchs Awards. She has received grants and awards from a number of national and international foundations for scholarly and creative work. These include Faculty Research Grants from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Chapman University in the area of chamber music and performance grants from the Figtree Foundation, Blount Foundation, Opera Buffs of Southern California, and the Astral Foundation. During her years of training, she was an Apprentice at the Zürich Opera in Switzerland and at Virginia Opera, a scholarship student at the Music Academy of the West, and a Chamber Music Fellow at the Aspen Music Festival.
Sherburn is particularly well known for her vocal master classes which she gives throughout the nation. Her current and former students have won national and regional competitions, apprenticed at regional and national opera companies and taught voice on many levels, ranging from private studios and public schools to colleges and universities.
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Patty Hunter on March 19, 2023 @4:54 am PST
I am a TV Producer/Hostess of Patty's Page TV Show, my problem is I talk too low... shallow can I get my voice to project louder? Have asthma and over the course of three years had COVID-19, five times
Rebecca Sherburn - host, on November 28, 2018 @10:56 am PST
Dear Wei-Zhi Weng, how nice to hear from you. Thank you for the lovely comments. So good to know you are still busy in the opera field. Are you still in Germany? It was a wonderful time working with you there which I remember so fondly! Do you remember Carol FitzPatrick? She is teaching at ASU, doing a powerful job of it!
Best to you, Rebecca
Wei-Zhi Weng on November 26, 2018 @8:06 am PST
Have just watched your teaching video--very very good. I am honored to say, since almost 30 years, since I have first played for you at the Städtische Bühnen Osnabrück,you are not only a great singer+musician,but also a great teacher. Your student Stacey Stofferahn has worked with me as well, I am very impressed with your way of teaching,and she enjoyed so much to study with you When I think the time we were on the stage, your tone of "Susanna"(Figaro) or Loretta(Gianni) is still in my ears and brain. My best wishes for you and your teaching-congratulations!
Beth * VSM MEMBER * on January 8, 2018 @1:51 pm PST
I love your voice lesson videos!! Please keep them coming.
Rebecca Sherburn - host, on January 8, 2018 @4:23 pm PST
Hi Beth, thanks so much for the support. There are more coming, I promise!
Laura * VSM MEMBER * on October 28, 2017 @7:52 am PST
I have just learned this past year that I am a first soprano. This, after years of being pegged as an alto. How can I make the most of my voice in the few years I have have to use it (I am 70)
Rebecca Sherburn - host, on October 30, 2017 @4:09 pm PST
Hi Laura,
Thanks for watching the video and sending in a question. I think the best thing we can do for our voices is to sing every day, not a lot, but regularly. Also, being in a choir is a great way to keep the voice active and strong. Keep things light and fun by learning new music regularly. Welcome to first soprano!
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