An exuberant funster with the voice of an unapologetic ingenue.
Rachel Pantazis is an actor and vocalist based in New York City. She is a classically trained soprano with extensive musical theatre experience. Above all, she is a passionate collaborator with extreme versatility.
Rachel Pantazis grew up in southern New Hampshire as the daughter of two parents working in public education for students with special needs.
She found a supreme love for classical music and theatre as a high school student studying voice privately and singing in her local church choir as well as her school chorus. Her memories of singing Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Requiem, and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms are some of her most treasured.
Rachel attended Westminster Choir College as a vocal performance and pedagogy major for one year studying with Harold Evans. However, the conservatory model did not give her access to the liberal arts education she was hoping for, and Rachel transferred to Plymouth State University in the White Mountains of New Hampshire in 2011.
During college, Rachel took an internship with the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard University in the education department. The theatre was producing its pre-Broadway run of Finding Neverland, running theatre programming in the inner-city schools of Boston, and designing social stories for their sensory friendly youth productions.
Since graduating from Plymouth University in 2015, Rachel has performed in countless regional productions along the east coast, worked as a production singer with Carnival Cruise Line, moved to upper Manhattan, married her incredible husband, and adopted a cat!
Rachel has continued her passion for working with youth performers music directing youth productions of musicals on the east coast. Rachel teaches private voice to students of all ages on Zoom and in person. Scroll down to get more information about booking a lesson.
The Marvelous Wonderettes – Edge Magazine
“(…) another flawless performance, cartoon-believable. She just does everything right.”
Oklahoma! – Berkshire Onstage
“As Will Parker, Andrew Burton Kelley is a hoot, and he is well-matched with Rachel Pantazis’s Ado Annie, the girl who “cain’t say no.” (…) Will and Ado Annie are downright randy, and great fun to watch and listen to.”
The Marvelous Wonderettes – Berkshire Onstage
“Rachel Pantazis, who has left an indelible mark on this season with her glorious, powerful soprano voice and her in-depth characterizations, is almost unrecognizable as the gawky, awkward, performance movement challenged, glasses-wearing Missy (…) Having taken on a variety of roles this season, from Mary DelGado in Jersey Boys, and now one- quarter of the Marvelous Wonderettes,she is clearly enjoying every moment of her time on stage,and her joy shines through with her performance (…) In addition to bringing her glorious voice to the harmonies in the ensemble numbers, Pantazis creates a marvelous on-going interaction with an audience member selected as beau Mr. Lee.”
Jersey Boys – Berkshire Edge
“As tough, brassy, bossy Jersey girl Mary Delgado, Valli’s first wife, and mother of the child whose death will eventually shatter his world, Rachel Pantazis creates powerful moments in her scenes with Maguire’s Valli. Her duet with Maguire of “My eyes adored you” musically mourns the demise of Valli’s and Mary’s marriage, and is filled with all the pain, regret, sorrow, and anger that comes from a shattered marriage. Maguire and Pantazis make magic together with this number.”
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Rachel Pantazis has been a private vocal teacher and coach since 2015 and prides herself on her ability to teach to students of all ages and levels. Rachel has taught in formal school settings, Montessori school programs, general music classes for grade school kids, to dancers on cruise ships, and as a music director for youth and regional musical theatre.
Rachel believes that reading music shouldn’t be something that scares performers. Regardless of music theory knowledge, we can use scores and text to inform the way that we sing through proper vocal health and emotional intention.
Because Rachel ultimately graduated from college with an English degree and a minor in vocal pedagogy, a lot of her focus is around textual analysis. Whether she is teaching a five year old who is just learning to read, or an adult who is auditioning for professional theatre, she prides herself in her ability to meet her students wherever they are in their musicianship.
Rachel currently teaches voice lessons via Zoom out of her apartment in New York City Monday – Friday from 10am-9pm. Use the links below to purchase lesson packages or use the “schedule a lesson” button for individual slots.
To inquire about voice lessons and coaching specifically, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rachel’s latest project:
The Marvelous Wonderettes at the Mac-Haydn Theatre in Chatham, NY