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 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.
Since 2010, Rachel has maintained a long-term conducting contract with the award-winning Children's Chorus of Carroll County. For that organization, she has led choirs to win numerous awards at choral festivals and adjudications and has co-directed touring ensembles that have performed in prestigious venues both in the United States and Europe. During the 2020-2021 season, Rachel instructed two CCCC choral ensembles virtually, served as the organization's primary video and audio editor for all virtual concert performances, and performed vocal demos for choral rehearsal tracks to support distance learning during the pandemic. In-person rehearsals resume for the 2021-2022 season.
Another long-term contract position that Rachel held was with Lamplight Artists from 2002-2019. She served as Co-Artistic Director and Mentor Teacher for Lamplight Artists' All About Kids Productions programs. She planned and prepared show elements and teaching materials, trained and mentored college teaching interns, wrote music and sketches, and recorded vocal demos for choral rehearsal tracks. She also directed more than 30 productions in locations across multiple states and at national conventions. Rachel worked in additional roles with Lamplight Artists over the years as both a performer and director, including such major events as a National Conference of the Southern Baptist Convention and a Billy and Franklin Graham Festival.
Rachel also accepts short-term engagements as a conductor, performer, teacher, and video editor. In 2019, for example, Rachel served the National Christian Choir as Senior Director of the Children's Christmas Choir, collaborating in performances with the adult choir and orchestra. She has also served as a guest conductor and performer for special events at churches and community organizations. While Rachel's primary instrument is voice, she is competent as a worship music pianist, and she accompanies choirs as a djembe player. Rachel has presented workshops for conferences at local and state levels, and she teaches private music lessons. She also creates a variety of professional video products for businesses, choirs, churches, and individuals.
Previously, Rachel was a Vocal Music Teacher in public and private schools. For her excellence and impact as an educator, Rachel was named a Finalist for Carroll County Public Schools' 2015 Teacher of the Year, and she was honored with the prestigious Outstanding Teacher Award presented by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. Over the course of her 15-year career in education, Rachel held positions at elementary, middle, and high school levels, instilling the joy of music-making in thousands of students. She also served in numerous leadership positions at school and county levels.
Rachel earned a Masters of Music from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelors of Music Education from Wheaton College. Additionally, she has completed graduate-level coursework centered on world folk art, music, and dance at McDaniel College and has studied West African hand drumming and Lindy Hop swing dancing. Rachel also volunteers as a musician and video editor at her local church. She has been heavily involved in church worship ministries since 1998; she has experience in contemporary and blended worship settings and with congregations ranging in size from 100 to 2,000 members.