Rebecca Spencer’s background as a Broadway actress and a formally trained classical singer allows her to command the large concert hall as well as intimate performance venues. Unique arrangements that reveal a contemporary expression of the art song in its purest form have become Rebecca’s signature. Whether breathing new life into the American standard songbook, or taking an audience through contemporary and classical Broadway tunes interpreted in her trademark style, have enthralled critics and audiences. When paired with her long-time collaborator, virtuoso pianist Philip Fortenberry, their collaboration and musical symmetry are unmatched. With an amusing sense of humor, together, their evenings illuminate an alluring, romantic and often hypnotic interplay, creating an inspirational atmosphere that appeals to all audiences. They have worked first hand with many of today’s Broadway composers on Broadway first cast recordings, and collectively, their performance careers span over 50 years, from Carnegie Hall to the Kennedy Center, from Lincoln Center to the Liberace Museum, and from Broadway to Las Vegas. So, what do you get when you introduce Mozart to Jerry Herman, Frank Wildhorn to Scott Joplin or Marvin Hamlisch to Aaron Copland? You are about to find out!
Rebecca offers Master Classes for singers with an emphasis on song interpretation for both classical and theatre trained performers that uniquely embraces and challenges each individual artist to find their true voice. She uses examples of vocal technique, with an emphasis on diction, internal rhythm, key signatures and the art of the song recital. It is her objective to further illuminate the individual artist’s intuitive communication. She emphasizes a keen refinement - respect for the orchestrator, the accompanist, the singer and the actress within. These disciplines translate to the solitude of the recording studio and are also skills that can be applied to repertoire for recitals, theatre, cabaret, opera and the concert stage. Her accomplished recording career offers a vital teaching resource, and the unspoken exchange between her musical arranger and concert pianist, Philip Fortenberry, continues to inspire her living, truthful performances. Sought after as a teaching artist, her Master Classes have been taught at SMU, Ithaca College, Broadway Bound Children’s Theatre, the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestra, and the Governor’s School for the Arts in Norfolk, VA. Rebecca holds a BFA degree in Classical Voice Performance from the Ithaca College School of Music.
An intimate contemporary song cycle, this concept listen brings to life Rebecca’s critically acclaimed recording, FAIR WARNING, distributed nationally through Allegro Music. This tapestry of 22 melodies was inspired by a magical encounter with the ladies of the Red Hat Society, and introduces original compositions by Keith Thompson.
A personal tour-de force, this kaleidoscope of music and lyrics is a story driven musical theatre silhouette. From Off- Broadway to the Metropolitan Opera, from Carnegie Hall to the Liberace Museum, from the Back Stage Bistro Awards to New York’s famed Birdland Jazz Club, Rebecca offers an abundance of humor and insight from the perspective of the working actor, reflecting upon life’s lessons and surprises discovered along the way. Her own story delightfully archives a piece of Broadway’s living history. “The future is for those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” – Eleanor Roosevelt
A dramatic bouquet of music from classic Broadway to the contemporary musical theatre that wraps around timeless melodies. As original members of several Broadway casts and creative teams, this scripted concert highlights anecdotes and remarkable first hand stories about the process that led to premieres on Broadway and abroad. The living Broadway composers themselves, including Webber, Wildhorn, Flaherty, Bricusse, Herman, and Hamlisch, have applauded the re-interpretation of their work.