Wild flower botanical drawing - Ilana Ar


  Operatic Soprano | Poet | Artist | Teacher  


Photo by Micah Gleason



Marcela Ossa is a Colombian-American musician, poet, and visual artist born in Medellín, Colombia. She has an immense passion for the expression of human emotion through art. Marcela holds her bachelor's degree in vocal performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts under the direction of Judith Haddon and Dr. Shannon McGinnis. Her first love was music and she began voice lessons and piano at the age of eleven. She also found a love for poetry and the visual arts along the way, so when she is not singing or teaching music, she is writing poetry and creating art. 


Marcela made her Chicago Summer Opera debut singing the roles of Metella in Handel's Silla and Euridice in scenes from Glucks Orfeo ed Euridice. She has sung in various cities around Italy with Opera in Concert where she performed scenes from Verdi's Falstaff and Rigoletto, among other ensemble pieces. She worked with a local Chicago theater company, The Savoyaires, where she performed Gilbert and Sullivan operettas. She has performed as a chorus member with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Sinfonietta in their performances of the Mozart Requiem and Beethoven's 9th Symphony. 

Marcela currently lives in Chicago, IL where she continues to develop her operatic career and where she works with ChIME (Chicago Center for Music Education) as a private voice teacher, early music education teacher, and classroom music education teacher. Marcela launched her debut poetry book, Cilantro y Café published by Allbook Books; you can purchase the book here. She makes and sells handmade tapestries and prints of her paintings on her Etsy shop. In addition to being an artist, Marcela is passionate about being an advocate for the LGBTQ+ community and minority communities as well as being an activist raising awareness about the climate crisis and women's rights.