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MANSFIELD -- Rachel Ballitch, a five-year summer intern and four-year private music teacher at Richland Academy of the Arts was recently recognized in a national singing event.

Ballitch competed in the National Association of Teachers Singing (NATS) semifinal competition. Ballitch eventually finished third in her age division.

NATS is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members in the United States, Canada, and more than 35 other countries.

A recent graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University with a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance and Piano Performance, Ballitch will be attending The University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music to pursue her Masters in Vocal Performance this fall -- where she received a generous merit scholarship.

She received her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance in May 2018, studying with Dr. Gulimina Mahamuti, and her degree in Vocal Performance in December 2018 under the instruction of Dr. Jason Hiester.

Some of her featured roles from select scenes with OWU's Opera Theater include: Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus, Charlotte Malcom in A Little Night Music, Magda in The Consul, Miss Pinkerton in Old Maid and the Thief, Amy in Company, Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors, Dorabella in Cosi fan Tutte, The Third Lady in Die Zauberflöte, and a featured singer in Red, Hot, and Cole. 

In July 2018, she attended The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival where she was seen in select scenes from: Macbeth as a witch, Elixir of Love as an Italian peasant, Wonderful Town as a chorus member, Madame Butterfly as Butterfly, and Hansel and Gretel as the Mother.

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For two seasons, she performed with Opera Columbus' Education Outreach Program as Ms. Bigbad in Little Red's Most Unusual Day and Piggie/ Teen Duck in The Ugly Duckling.

In January 2019, Ballitch performed with Opera Project Columbus as Olga Kromow and covered the role of Hanna Glawari in The Merry Widow.

She will be featured at a free performance, Concert and Cabernet, at Richland Academy of the Arts on July 30, 2019 at 7 p.m. Refreshments to follow.

For more information about upcoming events, classes and programing visit http://www.richlandacademy.com or contact Richland Academy by calling Megan Williams at 419-522-8224 or by emailing mwilliams@richlandacademy.com.

“Richland Academy … where anyone can explore the artist within,” located at the corner of 4th and Walnut St. was founded in1991 and is supported by the Ohio Arts Council.