Soprano Rebecca Fromherz is the 2008 recipient of the Lillian and Paul Petri Foreign Music Study Award from the Benton County Foundation, Oregon. Rebecca grew up in Dallas, Oregon where she attended elementary through high school. She started her West Coast performance career with winning the ‘Young Artists Live’ Competition in Portland in 1996, and the chance to sing at Schnitzer Concert Hall as a seventeen year old. In the same year she was also honored to attend the San Francisco Girl's Chorus Opera Training Program with Blanche Thebom, after which she moved to Ohio to receive her B.A. in Vocal Performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
Rebecca was honored as "Outstanding Vocal Student" at Oberlin for her work in the Otto B. Schoepfle Vocal Arts Center. Shortly after finishing at Oberlin Rebecca moved to Vienna, Austria, where she lived and was based for eight years. Her teachers there include Kammersängerinnen Christa Ludwig and Hilde Zadek, and Professor Konrad Leitner at the University of Vienna. Beside her private studies, Rebecca learned Dance and Acting at the Vienna Konservatorium. In Berlin she studied with Jean-Ronald LaFond and is a continuing student of Kashu-do: The Way of the Singer. Rebecca’s European Professional Resume lists appearances at the famous Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, and outdoor opera festivals in Holland, Germany, Italy, Austria, and Slovakia. A full Professional Resume is available upon request.