A talented choral conductor, charismatic performer, and engaging teacher, Rachel has served in such roles at local, state, and national levels. Her background includes experience in public and private schools, choral and performing arts organizations, traditional and contemporary churches, and private instruction. Rachel is also a freelance video editor, working in Adobe Premiere Pro to create professional video products for businesses, choirs, churches, and individuals. Based near Baltimore, Maryland, Rachel contracts her services as a conductor, performer, teacher, and video editor.
Rachel is a Choral Director for the Children’s Chorus of Carroll County in Maryland. She directs CCCC’s most advanced auditioned ensemble, which is comprised of primarily 10th-12th grade singers and focuses on performing collegiate level treble repertoire. She also directs CCCC’s early-intermediate ensemble for 4th-6th graders and conducts combined choirs. Since joining CCCC in 2010, Rachel has led ensembles to win numerous awards at choral festivals and adjudications, and she has co-directed touring ensembles that have performed in prestigious venues in both the United States and Europe.
In 2022, Rachel was named Conductor of the York County Junior Honors Choir. Part of the York County Honors Choirs organization, this auditioned SATB choir is comprised of advanced 7th-9th grade singers from across York County in Pennsylvania.
Rachel also teaches private voice and piano lessons out of her home studio in Maryland. Her Studio Season runs from September through May with special offerings during summers.
Rachel enjoys recurring contracts as Music Director for The Maryland Academy of Dance’s musical theatre program. She also books short-term conducting, teaching, and performing positions with a variety of other arts and church-based organizations, which have included the National Christian Choir and national and state conventions for church denominations.
A school Vocal Music Teacher from 2005-2020, Rachel earned elite recognition as Teacher of the Year 2015 Finalist for Carroll County Public Schools, and she was honored with the prestigious Outstanding Teacher Award presented by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. During her years in the classroom, Rachel taught music at every single grade level and in both public and private school settings. She also served in numerous leadership positions at school and county levels.
For 18 summers, Rachel worked with Lamplight Artists, where she was Co-Artistic Director of LLA’s All About Kids Productions program for students in 1st-8th grades and Mentor Teacher for LLA's performing arts teaching internship program for college students.
As a video editor, Rachel creates video products, such as ads, training videos, virtual choir performances, presentations and interviews, virtual tours, and photo montages.
Rachel holds a Master of Music in music education from the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University in Maryland and a Bachelor of Music Education from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music in Illinois. Additionally, she has completed 40+ graduate credits centered on world and folk arts, diversity, and pedagogy at McDaniel College in Maryland, and she has studied West African hand drumming. Rachel’s primary instrument is voice, but she also plays piano and djembe.