Rochelle Rice is an up-and-coming voice on the DC music scene. Moving forward with the tides of popular music while still remembering the past, Rochelle effortlessly combines jazz, soul, pop, and rock & roll.
Rochelle‚Äôs musical journey began at home under the encouraging guidance of her mother, a former vocalist. In high school she was active in all areas of the performing arts, including a leading role in the award winning play, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf (1975). She received her B.M. in classical voice in 2008 from East Carolina University where she studied with the esteemed mezzo-soprano, Sharon Munden. During her time at East Carolina she was introduced to and began studying jazz voice with the bassist/arranger/composer/music director/ and DC Native, Carroll Vaughn Dashiell, jr. Under his tutelege she was able to share the stage with the likes of Marlena Shaw, Vanessa Rubin, and the late Dr. Billy Taylor.
A Howard Alum, Rochelle Rice received her masters degree in jazz studies in Spring of 2012. As the graduate teaching assistant to the award winning and renowned arranger, clinician, and jazz vocalist, Connaitre Miller, Ms. Rice taught beginning level jazz voice classes and the jazz choral group, A Whole Lotta Jazz Singers. Rochelle was also a member of the premiere award winning jazz vocal ensemble and recent reality television show NBC‚Äôs The Sing-Off finalists, Afro Blue. She can be heard on the group‚Äôs most recent studio recording, The Best is Yet to Come, available on cdbaby.com. In December of 2009, Rochelle stepped outside of her jazz and soul background to become the lead singer of DC‚Äôs only live house music band, House of Soul. In June 2010 the band released their debut album, Let‚Äôs Move, available on itunes. Rochelle has performed with, among others, Esperanza Spalding, Geri Allen, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jon Hendricks, Carmen Lundy, Liz Wright, Warren Wolf, and Kris Funn. Rochelle continues to perform, record, and teach private voice.
LYGO DC is proud to introduce Rochelle Rice to your ears, heart, and soul. That’s right, LYGO DC ain’t just comedy! Rochelle is straight-up amazing. It’s like all the good parts of American Idol and the Voice without all the annoying banter. So turn off that TV and head to a show at Codmother early, where you’ll regularly find her setting the scene and leaving a tough act for the comics to follow.