Welsh-American soprano Rachel Schutz, known for her sensitive and evocative performances, is active both in the opera house and on the concert stage, having performed extensively around the United States, Asia and Europe. In the opera house, she has performed a range of roles from Mozart's Susanna (Le nozze di Figaro), to Philip Glass's Lise (Les enfants terribles) and Sondheim's Johanna (Sweeney Todd) with companies such as Opera Paralèlle, Hawai'i Opera Theatre, Stockton Opera. Dr. Schutz has been heard at Carnegie Hall's Stern, Weill, and Zankel Halls, the Ravinia Festival, the Ojai Festival, the Tanglewood Festival, with the Hawai'i and Riverside Symphony Orchestras, with DCINY, with the Boston Pops Orchestra, and at venues around China, Taiwan, Korea, and Thailand. As an avid supporter of new music, she can be heard on "Elements," an Albany Records album of contemporary American music, and has worked with many composers including Phillip Glass, George Crumb, Milton Babbitt, Jonathan Dove, William Bolcom, Libby Larsen, and Augusta Read-Thomas.
Dr. Schutz is also an active community arts organizer. In 2017, she founded Artists for Social Justice Hawaiʻi which unites artists of different disciplines to bring awareness to pressing social justice issues such as immigration, civil rights, and climate change. The group presents performances around Honolulu in collaboration with other arts organizations, and offers education and community art opportunities.
In addition to her performing career, Dr. Schutz is a dedicated and passionate teacher. In 2018, she joined the faculty of Ithaca College after serving as a lecturer at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She has taught masterclasses around Asia and the United States, and has also taught high-school voice students at the Punahou School of Music and privately. As a voice teacher, Dr. Schutz is committed to fostering both healthy technique and artistic maturity, whether that be in a masterclass setting or over longer stretches of time in the private studio. She is also a deep believer in the need to prepare students appropriately for a 21st century career in music, and as such, has presented workshops, masterclasses, and presentations on such topics as practice techniques, programming and production, music psychology and ethics, and entrepreneurship.
Dr. Schutz holds a BA in Music from Stony Brook University, received her MM degree from Bard College, completed an MA in Linguistics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and in 2016 received her DMA from Stony Brook University.