Rachel Parfenchuk (soprano) is a conductor, performer, and teacher who began her career as a vocalist before developing a passion for conducting. As a conductor, Parfenchuk is experienced in both choral and orchestral repertoire and currently serves as Director of Music Ministries at Powell United Methodist Church. In 2021,  she conducted the premiere of Columbus Dance Theater’s ballet, Wonderment, featuring the music of  Alexander Glazunov, and returned to the podium with this production in December 2022.   Ms. Parfenchuk, soprano, has earned degrees in voice from both Cleveland Institute of Music and Ohio Wesleyan University. As a vocalist, she has performed both concert and opera repertoire with companies including Opera Columbus, Central Ohio Symphony and Converging Arts Columbus. Parfenchuk is a founding member and president of Converging Arts Columbus, a collaborative group that takes a multidisciplinary approach to music and the performing arts in the Columbus area and also maintains a private voice studio.