Rebecca Evans recently joined the WHRO-FM team as the new arts and culture reporter. A seasoned writer and classically trained soprano, Rebecca brings a fresh and enthusiastic voice to her reviews, as well as local knowledge of your region.

Rebecca studied classical voice and opera at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. Through her education she gained expertise in music theory and history, acting, languages, and communication. She honed her arts writing skills while living and working in the Washington, D.C., area. As a staff writer for DC Theatre Scene, Rebecca covered performances at the Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, Imagination Stage, Constellation Theatre Company, Forum Theatre, Capital Fringe, and more.

Outside of WHRO, Rebecca serves as a writer for Anthem, Inc.’s Medicaid Communications department in Virginia Beach. She has also worked in the marketing and communications departments at Virginia Arts Festival and the Prevent Cancer Foundation.

Given her background in music and a love of arts and writing – she couldn’t help but want to help share the greatness that Hampton Roads has to offer through WHRO. Although she is fairly new to the position she stated that she loves getting to experience the adrenaline and magic of opening nights.

“I'm very proud of our local arts scene. From top-tier operatic productions by Virginia Opera, to hilarious and off the wall improv shows at the Push Comedy Theater, our region is consistently producing amazing work in a multitude of genres. That being said, many people are unaware of what a great arts scene we have. I've always been passionate about helping arts organizations bring in new and young audiences, and I'm hoping my role at WHRO will help me do just that.”

Rebecca’s interest in music came from her mother: “I vividly remember us watching old movie musicals like Meet Me in St. Louis, Funny Girl, and Easter Parade together. We were constantly singing songs from musicals around the house. I played the flute in the middle school band, but secretly wanted to sing. I randomly auditioned for the musical Annie, and to everyone's surprise, got the lead.”

When she isn’t working, Rebecca performs locally at the Hunter House Victorian Museum and runs a book club called Reading Mermaids, for women in their twenties and thirties.

She offered some advice for those who may be interested in writing and who are looking for more exposure.

“Work hard, do your research, and create your own opportunities. In this day and age, there are endless ways to get your voice out there if you show initiative. One idea: reach out to a local nonprofit you're passionate about and see if you can contribute to their blog.”

 Tune in this Saturday, September 30, at 11 a.m. to hear her first feature, a review of the Virginia Symphony’s opening weekend.

“Opening Night with Rebecca Evans” will air twice a month on WHRO 90.3 FM, and her articles and podcast will be available anytime at www.WHRO.org.