Rachel Parfenchuk (soprano) earned a Master of Music in voice from Cleveland Institute of Music and a Bachelor of Music in voice from Ohio Wesleyan University. Parfenchuk studied under the direction of Dr. Mary Schiller and Dr. Jason Hiester, and has coached with John Simmons and Kathryn Brown. Additional areas of study include vocal pedagogy with Dr. Dean Southern, conducting with Dr. Jason Hiester, and stage directing with David Bamberger.
Miss Parfenchuk has performed both concert and opera repertoire with Opera Columbus, Columbus Dance Theater, Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Theater, Ohio Wesleyan Opera Theater, and the Central Ohio Symphony. Solo highlights include the role of Anne Egerman in A Little Night Music, Denise in Beatrice and Benedict, Frasquita in Carmen, as well as being a two-time winner of the Ohio Wesleyan Concerto Competition.
Currently, Parfenchuk serves as Director of Music Ministries at Powell United Methodist Church where she conducts the Chancel Choir and integrates both solo and ensemble music into the worship experience.