(Bio as of June 2022)
Michaela Marchi (Isleta Pueblo) began singing and performing at an early age. She graduated from The Chicago Academy of Arts High School in voice performance and went on to study music in college, but also wanted to explore her multi-ethnic identity as an artist. She is Isleta Pueblo and Filipina from her mother’s side, and first-generation Italian from her father’s side. Growing up, she was encouraged to appreciate the opera from her father while her mother emphasized the importance of staying connected to her Indigenous roots and to a practice of creative endeavor. She has a Master’s in Education, works at the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research at Northwestern University and is also the first in three generations to survive a stage IV cancer diagnosis. She is passionate about patient advocacy, especially for Native American and Indigenous communities, and singing as medicine.