Roberta is an award winning musical director, celebrity vocal coach, producer, and Broadway performer. Scroll through for all the details!
“Roberta speaks “voice” in a way that singers can truly wrap their heads- and voices- around. Her focus on both vocal technique and the ability to communicate a piece’s true intent is remarkable. She has the extremely rare gift of helping a singer get out of his or her own way, and- in so doing- helps them to discover vocal potential they didn’t realize they had. Working with her has been the single most affective thing I’ve done for my voice in Chicago."
-Summer Naomi Smart, Wicked Chicago, Jeff-Award Winner
A former Broadway and national touring performer herself,
Roberta teaches privately in Chicago and via Zoom!
She musical directed and composed additional vocal and instrumental arrangements for Brigadoon at Goodman Theatre in Chicago, IL, and is currently the US Music Supervisor for Six: The Musical on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre.
Roberta is the resident Musical Director at the Drury Lane Theatre, where she received seven Jeff Nominations and has won TWO Jeff Awards for Ragtime and Six. She has worked with Goodman Theatre, Victory Gardens Theater, Mercury Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Northwestern University, Writers Theatre, and created new arrangements for the Original Grease
She performed on Broadway in Ragtime (Mother) and several national tours, including Scrooge (Christmas Past) with Richard Chamberlain, Showboat (Magnolia/Ellie), and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Rona Lisa Peretti), which she also played in the sit-down Chicago production.
As a vocalist, she can be heard on numerous cast recordings, including her debut solo CD “Intersections”, ”Second City Divas," and "Second City Divas: Live at the Mercury." She was a featured soloist at the prestigious Ravinia Festival, where she also performed with Patti Lupone and Audra McDonald in A Little Night Music and Sunday in the Park with George.
Roberta is pleased to share the news that she will be performing in a one-night only benefit concert with the Original Broadway company of RAGTIME on Monday, April 27, 2020, at the Minskoff Theatre (200 West 45th St.). This celebratory benefit concert will star original cast members, with six-time Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald (“Sarah”) and two-time Tony Award-winner, Brian Stokes Mitchell (“Coalhouse Walker, Jr.)
Roberta is also co-owner of Regarding Actors, LLC, which guides young actors to their highest level of success by developing their skill set, tapping into confidence, and providing the tools needed to continue or start a career in show business. She has created her own VOCAL BOOT CAMP to encourage and coach her students to sing all styles now in year 5!
"Roberta hasn’t just been a voice teacher to me, she’s kinda been like a second mom. I’ve been seeing Roberta for close to five years now, and she has taught me everything I know about music. Since I’ve started seeing Roberta, I’ve gained confidence and so many skills. To say that I’m thankful for Roberta would be an understatement.
She quite literally changed my life in the best way possible,
and I can’t imagine it without her."
-Maya Hlava, Steppenwolf (The Wheel), Writers Theatre (Trevor), Drury Lane (White Christmas and Bye-Bye Birdie), and Court Theatre (Secret Garden)
Vocal Boot Camp America!
Roberta is the founder and owner of VBC America!
She began doing vocal boot camps for her students to ensure they were challenging themselves by singing all styles of music. In 2020, our VBCAmerica students also became song writers. We created 8 original songs. Check us out and join us this summer!
Roberta Duchak and Carey Deadman's
During this Pandemic, performers have had a difficult time making a living.
Carey Deadman, one of the greatest orchestrators in the business, and I decided to help our community stay employed and suddenly a new business was born!
We have been fortunate to create concerts with the most talented singers and musicians. Cabaret and Concerts will create a brand new show for your event, private party, theatre or fundraiser. We can build the show of your dreams!
Here is a clip of "Rewind to the 1970's-1980's featuring award-winning performers Christine Mild and Nick Dryzbanski.
Call me to discuss your event. We will bring the music to you!