Rachel Menconi
Montvale, NJ
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Rachel Menconi

Rachel M.

Montvale, NJ
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Bel Canto singing technique for the modern singer is taught in private and group classes. No one sounds like old opera singers, even if the student wants to sing opera. Students are allowed to choose most of the material they learn in the lesson. There will be times when Rachel will suggest a song to a student but if the student doesn't enjoy the song, they will work as a team to find a song that does work for the student. Gain a better tone quality, complete control of your voice, bigger range, more flexibility, and confidence. Learn healthy voice technique, how to fully take care of your own voice so you can sing for the rest of your life (even after weekly lessons), and eventually become a self sufficient performer for life.

About Rachel M.

**Due to the pandemic, all lessons will now be held on a virtual/online platform until further notice.**

Rachel is fully background checked by three different companies and is also fingerprinted.

Rachel's private studio is where you not only learn healthy technique, but how to become a self-sufficient artist. Professional training and customized programs in singing and acting technique. All learning styles, all ages, and all levels. Private lessons and group classes.

We prepare our students for the real world with up to date training (singing and acting) and both performance opportunities and showcases in front of industry professionals when students are ready.

Students come from all walks of life. All voice types, all ages, all levels, all mediums (TV-film-theatre), all character - ingenue actors, and ALL genres (Rock, Pop, Alternative, Funk, Soul, Musical Theater, R&B, Jazz, Opera) welcome!

Rachel's students have gone on national tours, released albums, are in bands, have been accepted into performing arts schools (high schools and colleges), have been cast in regional/Off-Off-Broadway/Off-Broadway Theatre, movies (Noah, The Wolf Of Wall Street, Finally Famous), music videos, and on TV (Royal Pains, Smash, 30 Rock, The Good Wife, Law and Order: SVU, & NBC's The Voice competition).

Owner/Teacher: Rachel M.
SAG-AFTRA, VASTA, NATS (certified), NARAS (The Grammy Awards), NAMTA, BMI, MAC, NJMEA, NAfME, NYSSMA EdTA, NJ Theatre Alliance, & Certified Artist Developer with Conquer Entertainment, 19+ years of teaching to children - teens - adults (Ages 6+ group classes, 8+ private lessons)


Rachel is a member of SAG-AFTRA, The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS certified), VASTA (Voice And Speech Trainers Association), NARAS (The Grammy Awards), NAMTA, NJMEA (New Jersey Music Educators Association), NAfME (National Association of Music Education), NYSSMA (New York State School Music Association,) MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabarets and Clubs), Education Theatre Association (EdTA), The NJ Theatre Alliance, NSA (Nashville Songwriting Association International), and BMI (Broadcast Music Inc). She has been teaching Bel Canto singing technique for the modern singer and Stella Adler-Stanislavsky-Chekhov-Meisner acting technique for all mediums for 16+ years to children, teens, and adults.

Rachel has trained at The Hages Music Studio under a master teacher for 25+ years in the Bel Canto singing technique for all genres, studied at The Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC as well as recorded and released her first album called "Just Meant To Be". Other credits include commercials, films, TV shows (One Tree Hill, AMC, Food Network), music videos (including Rachel's singles "Don't Even Try", "You Will Love On"), & numerous stage credits (Off-Broadway/NYC Theatre). Rachel most recently was seen in the reading of a new play "Vanishing Son" by Peter Gil-Sheridan performed in NYC. She is also a songwriter (16+ years), scriptwriter (10+ years), director (18+ years), and an international recording artist (10+ years).

Rachel has been performing for 20+ years, has performed in front of sold out crowds, and has been honored with many standing ovations. Other honors include magazine covers, featured articles, singing to thousands of people, studio recordings/albums, originated the role of "Antigone" in "Oedipus: The Musical", 2002 Helen Hayes Nomination for" Outstanding Vocal Performance in a Musical" ("Miss Adelaide" in "Guys And Dolls"), & 2008 finalist for NYC Singing Idol Competition. Rachel has also been fortunate to have worked & performed with many people in the business including Grammy-Tony-Emmy Award Winners/Nominees.


Whether you are a parent looking for instruction for your child, or for yourself, Rachel can customize the right program that best suits your needs. Her students come from all walks of life and have different goals, but they all have one thing in common. They love performing and have the desire to be the best at their chosen craft (singing/acting).

Some students want to sing/act for themselves, others want to sing/act for a hobby, and others want to be professional performers. That's where Rachel comes in. No matter what your goals are, she can help. Rachel teaches her students how to become true artists without tearing them down and without taking away the part of them that makes them unique. She teaches healthy technique that is based off of the human anatomy; the science of how the body/mind works and how the body/mind can work as efficiently as possible while singing or acting.

Learning how to sing/act is a process and doesn't happen overnight. Rachel's ultimate goal as a teacher is to not only make her students the best performers and singers they can be, but also give them all of the proper tools they need to have a more productive mind frame and become self-sufficient. Of course this can take years to master. It takes time and dedication.


SINGING: Bel Canto singing technique for the modern singer is taught in private and group classes. No one sounds like old opera singers, even if the student wants to sing opera. Students are allowed to choose most of the material they learn in the lesson. There will be times when Rachel will suggest a song to a student but if the student doesn't enjoy the song, they will work as a team to find a song that does work for the student. Gain a better tone quality, complete control of your voice, bigger range, more flexibility, and confidence. Learn healthy voice technique, how to fully take care of your own voice so you can sing for the rest of your life (even after lessons), and become a self sufficient performer for life.

ACTING: Stella Adler, Stanislavsky, Chekhov, and Meisner Acting Technique for Theatre/Camera is taught in private and group classes. All students are exposed to each technique and Rachel sees which technique each student responds to the most. Once the student and Rachel are able to identify the technique, Rachel continues to use the terminology of that technique for the remainder of the time the student is in lessons. Students eventually are able to play roles truthfully and realistically, even if the roles are opposite of the student's own personality.


1. Gain a lifelong, solid, consistent, and healthy technique that they can always count on in practice and performance.

2. Gain specific technical and personal notes in a notebook and/or computer file that is organized and always accessible for review.

3. Gain artistry, performance skills, and a strong voice that will look/sound authentic; Singers will sound appropriate to whatever style of music they are singing. (No fake sound or look.) Actors will just be in the moment and truthful whether they are on stage or in front of the camera.

4. Gain the confidence to always put on a great performance.

5. Gain focus and a more productive mind frame.

6. Become self-sufficient by knowing how to assess a problem and then fix it without creating a new issue.

*** Home Studio Equipment ***
PRIVATE HOME STUDIO: Keyboard, speakers (smartphone, iPod, iPad), CD player, tape recorder/player, digital recorder, music stand, mirror, laptop, sheet music selections, HD video camera, tripod, video editing software, audio editing software, Blue Yeti Pro microphone, Mac desktop, high speed WiFi internet, 2 Bose L1 Model 2 with 2 B2 modules, 2 Bose S1 pros, three mixers (two mixers with 8 inputs and the other with 4), 8 Lavaliere microphones ("body mics"), multiple hand held microphones, laptop stand, 2 PZMs (floor mics), and music stands.



**Due to the pandemic, all lessons will now be held on a virtual/online platform until further notice.**

*** Specialties ***
We specialize in Bel Canto voice technique for the modern singer. Each student can sing all genres without sounding too classical, "fake", and without losing their voice while singing for long periods of time.

Other Specialties: Teaching acting technique for theatre-TV-Film (Stella Adler, Stanislavsky, Chekhov, & Meisner), performance skills, songwriting, and creating self-sufficient singers-actors-performers (Artist Development).


CANCELLATION: 48 hour lesson cancellation policy and emergencies (determined by Rachel) are handled on a case by case basis. All students (or their parents/guardian if under 18) who have scheduled vacations and other activities (meetings, parties, school shows, concerts, rehearsals...etc) that interfere with the student’s regularly scheduled lesson time, need to contact Rachel as soon as the vacation/other activity is scheduled but no later than two weeks in advanced before their missed regularly scheduled lesson to prevent from forfeiting the lesson.

MAKE-UPS: Make-Up lessons will be scheduled if time allows. No Make-Up lesson or class will be given to ‘no shows’ or “late cancellation”, and no extra time to extend their lesson will be given to students who are late to their lesson or class. If there is ever a time Rachel is running late, extra time will be given to make the lesson a full 60 minutes. If Rachel needs to reschedule, a Make-Up lesson will be scheduled as close to the same week as possible. Make-Up lessons are scheduled at Rachel’s discretion.

**Due to the pandemic, all lessons will now be held on a virtual/online platform until further notice.**

ONLINE LESSONS FOR IN-PERSON LESSON CLIENTS: In the event that the student is sick but still would like their lesson, an online lesson will be scheduled instead. Students can NOT come to their in person lesson sick, coughing, sneezing, with a runny nose, cold, flu, allergies, fever, etc. (This is to make sure no germs will be spread).

An online lesson will also be scheduled if there is bad weather, if a student is having car trouble, or any other reason for the student not being able to physically get to Rachel’s private studio during their normally scheduled lesson time. Online lessons are conducted through FaceTime, Zoom, Google Hangouts, Facebook Video Chat, or Skype.

Lessons are weekly, on the same time/day of the week unless we have rescheduled or we have discussed in writing another lesson plan. If the student’s lesson falls on a holiday, we will either reschedule or if no other day is available, resume the following week.

If a student is going to be late they need to contact Rachel as soon as possible, to let her know they will be late. Lessons will end on time unless she is able to extend the lesson due to a late student or her schedule allows for it though please understand, Rachel would be extending a courtesy and would not be obligated to do so. If on the rare occasion Rachel is running late, she will always make up the time.

Parents/Guardians are ONLY permitted to stay for the first lesson and are NOT permitted to sit in for any other lesson/class unless invited. This is to promote good/strong teacher-student relationship quickly and easily. Also, many times students feel more comfortable when their parents/guardians leave. Of course there will be times when the parent will be invited back in at the end of some of the lesson to showcase progress.

COMMUNICATION: Due to Rachel's normally scheduling students one right after another without breaks, being in the recording studio, performing, or being on set, the best way to contact her is through text AND email. Please ALWAYS leave messages when calling Rachel with your name, contact info, AND the reason you are calling. Please be specific. Thank you!

"I try to be as fair as possible to both parties when it comes to cancellations, rescheduling, lateness, and make ups. Have a concern or question? Just talk with me. I'm all about communication!" - Rachel


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5 Reviews
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Racheal did a wonderful job helping my daughter with her stage presence.

Posted Apr 29, 2019
Sara V.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

My 9 yr. old daughter received singing lessons with Rachel. Rachel was SO wonderful, patient, and creative with every session with her. She was constantly coming up with different ways to keep her engaged and was always reassuring her to increase her confidence. She gave great constructive feedback on how my daughter was doing and what she can work on to improve. I give her 5 stars! Thanks so much, Rachel!

Posted Jan 29, 2018
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Overall, very impressed. She is direct and doesn't tell you something you want to hear. Her evaluation process is well rounded and planned. She puts together a great curriculum to know what to expect in the coming lessons. Very easy going person and makes you feel completely comfortable at the initial lessons.

Posted Oct 3, 2017
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Taking lessons with Rachel has been one the best decisions I've ever made. She not only has helped me with acting but has helped me become a better person. I've grown to understand myself and I've learned and done things I would never have done. And would never have been able to do. Her lessons will not only help you perform, they will help you in your everyday life.

Posted Mar 26, 2017
Jacquelyn M.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Rachel was friendly and very welcoming. She encouraged my daughter to be relaxed and to focus on putting herself in character. My daughter had a great first experience!

Posted Mar 1, 2017

Photos & Videos

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Assistant Director, Vocal/Music Director, Stager, and Choreographer (Varies depending on show)
Oct 2017 - Present


2019/2020 School Year: The Lion King JR. The Little Mermaid JR. The Jungle Book Kids The Wizard Of Oz 2018/2019 School Year: The Little Mermaid JR. Grease JR. The Little Mermaid Kids 2017/2018 School Year: Annie JR The Wizard Of Oz Guys and Dolls JR Annie Kids

Director, Vocal/Music Director, Choreographer, Stager, and Light/Sound designer
Jun 2014 - Present

ArtQuest Performing Arts Theatre Camp (Funded and organized by The Wayne Education Foundation)

I direct, vocal/music direct, choreograph, stage, and design lighting/sound/playbill for the show. I also greet the students before camp, make sure they are safely with their parent after the camp, edit music, create the basic set design, and assist with costumes. Students not only learn about singing, acting, and dance technique while putting on a show, but they also are involved with making the sets and props! This camp is for incoming 3rd-9th graders and is from 9am-3pm, M-F, for three weeks in July. My production company, Sunshine Face Productions®, films and edits the show as well as the behinds the scenes footage into a 2 disc set. The performance of the show is on the last Thursday and Friday at night. The last day of camp we provide a pizza party and watch the unedited video of the show. Previous shows: The Jungle Book Kids (2014), The Lion King Kids (2015), Beauty And The Beast JR. (2016), Seussical: The Musical JR (2017), High School Musical JR. (2018), The Little Mermaid JR (2019), and ArtQuest Showstoppers: A Virtual Showcase (2020).

Artistic Director, Owner, Founder, and Teacher
Jan 2007 - Present

Sunshine Face Productions®

SFP is a production company specializing in: Theater & Video Productions, Performing Arts Training, Artist Development, Event Videography, and Party Entertainment. Proudly Serving: NJ, NY, and parts of CT. Will travel.

Songwriter and Music Publisher
Jan 2006 - Present

Sunshine Face

Music publishing company through BMI.

Jan 2005 - Present

The Menconi Performance Studio

Freelance Voice and Acting Teacher
Jun 2004 - Present


Singing Squad Teacher/Director
Oct 2017 - Aug 2019

Dance Designs Studio

I directed and taught a performing arts troupe called "The Singing Squad". The troupe learned healthy singing, performance, and dance technique and performed at different venues throughout Bergen Country and the NY Tri-state area.

Voice Teacher
Mar 2017 - Jun 2019

Ramsey Community School

I taught children through adults how to sing with healthy, solid technique, build their range, build their tone quality, and helped them sing with feeling.

Director, Casting Director, Lighting/Sound Design, Script Supervisor, And Assistant Editor
Aug 2016 - Dec 2018

Online web-series produced

Wine And Misunderstandings: A Comedic Web-Series *Adult humor and language

Voice Teacher
Sep 2009 - Aug 2018

Music To Your Home Inc.

Rising Stars Musical Theatre Program Creator/Director/Teacher
Oct 2015 - Mar 2017

The Gifted Child Society

I directed, vocal directed, musical directed, staged, taught, stage managed, and did sound design for the show. I sometimes wrote the show as well. I also greeted the students before each class and made sure they were safely with their parent after each class. Students not only learned about singing, acting,and dance technique while putting on a show, but they also were involved with making part of the sets and whenever it was an original show, the story of the musical was inspired by the cast members' strengths and personalities! Fully Background Checked for this position.

Director of The Drama Department/Director of The Musicals
Jan 2016 - May 2016

Fieldstone Middle School/Montvale Board of Education

For the 2015-2016 school year, I was The Director of The Drama Department/The Director of The Musicals at Fieldstone Middle School in Montvale NJ. The cast and crew was comprised of very talented 5th-8th graders! It was wonderful that I was able to bring the gift of theater and music to my former middle school! My responsibilities included directing, vocal/musical directing, choreographing, staging, designing the sound/lighting as well as the playbill. I was also in charge of rehearsal scheduling and fundraising for the program. Fully Background Checked and Fingerprinted for this position.

Creator of Voice, Acting, Musical Theater Department and Head Teacher
Sep 2009 - Jun 2015

Metro Dance Inc.

Voice Teacher, Assit. Acting Teacher, Assit. Choreographer, and Stage Manager
Sep 2001 - Jun 2004

Act II Performing Arts Center


Certificate in Arts Management
Oct 2020 - Present


Acting Technique And Scene Study
Mar 2010 - Present

Stella Adler

Various Dance Classes
Sep 2008 - Present

Broadway Dance Center

The Art Of Belcanto
Jan 1994 - Present

The Hages Music Studio

Acting Technique For All Mediums, Stanislavsky, and Chekhov Technique
Jan 2000 - Jul 2006

Action Theatre Conservatory

Various Dance Classes
Sep 2000 - Jun 2004

Dance Designs

Musical Theatre, Stanislavsky, and Chekhov Technique
Sep 1992 - May 2002

Act II Performing Arts Center

Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Musical Theatre dance
Sep 1988 - Sep 1992

Robin Horneff'S PAC



Fluent / Native Proficiency

Sign Language (Very basic)

Limited Proficiency


Nurtured Heart Approach (NHA) Training
Feb 2020

Nurtured Heart Approach (NHA)

Protecting God’s Children®
Feb 2018

The National Catholic Risk Retention Group, Inc

I needed to receive this certification so I can be the assistant director, assistant music director, and choreographor for the school musicals at Our Lady Of Mercy in Park Ridge NJ. Protecting God's Children® for Adults is training conducted by VIRTUS® certified facilitators on the prevention of child sexual abuse. The training makes participants aware of the signs of child sexual abuse, the methods and means by which offenders commit abuse, and five easy steps one can use to prevent child sexual abuse. Two videos are the centerpiece of the training: A Time to Protect God's Children™ and A Plan to Protect God's Children™. The facilitators incorporate policies and procedures into the training defining child sexual abuse, addressing the reporting of child sexual abuse, the screening and selection of employees and volunteers, and victim advocacy.
CAD certification
Jun 2014

Conquer Entertainment

Certified Artist Developer
NATS Certified
Nov 2010

National Association of Teachers of Singing


World Record Breaker at the Metropolitan Room (NYC)
Jan 2015

Guinness Book Of World Records

"I Like It" Female Vocalist Award for original song "You Will Love On" from the album, "Just Meant To Be".
Feb 2014

JPF/YH Promotions & Productions

Outstanding Vocal Performance in a Musical (Nomination for "Miss Adelaide" in "Guys And Dolls")
Jun 2002

Helen Hayes Theatre Awards


Educational Theatre Association
Jun 2019
The Educational Theatre Association (EdTA) is a national nonprofit organization with approximately 90,000 student and professional members. EdTA’s mission is shaping lives through theatre education by: honoring student achievement in theatre and enriching their theatre education experience; supporting teachers by providing professional development, networking opportunities, resources, and recognition; and influencing public opinion that theatre education is essential and builds life skills.
Nashville Songwriters Association International
Aug 2016
The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is the world’s largest not-for-profit songwriters trade association. Established in 1967, the membership of more than 5,000 active and pro members spans the United States and six other countries. NSAI is dedicated to protecting the rights of and serving aspiring and professional songwriters in all genres of music.
New Jersey Music Educators Association
Jul 2014
The mission of the New Jersey Music Educators Association is the advancement of music instruction in New Jersey's educational institutions at all levels that provide in-service and enrichment opportunities for practicing and retired teachers and prospective music educators, as well as sponsoring various festivals and all-state performing groups for K-12 students.
National Association for Music Education
Jul 2014
Founded in 1907, NAfME is among the world’s largest arts education organizations. NAfME advocates at the local, state, and national levels; provides resources for teachers, parents, and administrators; hosts professional development events; and offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers.
Manhattan Association of Cabaret and Clubs
Mar 2013
MAC’s mission is to advance the art and business of live entertainment. A trade association, its activities are designed to heighten public awareness of the field’s contributions and vitality, to honor its creativity, to build its current and future audiences, and to speak out as an influential voice on behalf of MAC members and the industry at large. Members of MAC include cabaret, comedy and jazz artists, directors, musical directors, technical directors, musicians, club owners, booking managers, composers, lyricists, journalists, publicists, artists’ managers, agents, and friends and supporters of live entertainment. The organization was created in 1983.
Voice and Speech Trainers Association
Jan 2012
VASTA is an international organization whose mission is to advance the art, research, and visibility of the voice and speech profession. Goals: SERVE the needs of voice and speech specialists, teachers, and students in training and in practice. ADVOCATE for those who work and study in the field. PROMOTE the vital role of voice and speech specialists for all professional voice users. BROADEN public understanding of the nature and importance of voice and speech use and training. CREATE opportunities for ongoing education, and the exchange of knowledge and information among professionals in the field. CULTIVATE diversity within our membership, and encourage a liveliness of thought and opinion. UPHOLD and advance excellence in voice and speech.
Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists
Jan 2011
An American labor union representing over 160,000 film and television principal and background performers, journalists, and radio personalities worldwide.
National Academy for the Recording Arts and Sciences, The
Jan 2011
The Recording Academy, known variously as The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences or NARAS, is a U.S. organization of musicians, producers, recording engineers and other recording professionals dedicated to improving the quality of life and cultural condition for music and its makers. The Recording Academy is headquartered in Santa Monica.
National Association of Teachers of Singing
Nov 2010
Founded in 1944, National Association of Teachers of Singing, Inc. (NATS) is the largest professional association of teachers of singing in the world with more than 7,000 members worldwide.
Broadcast Music Inc.
Jan 2006
One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.

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