(Violin, Clay and Sculpture)
Rachel began her private violin instruction at the age of five and has 24 years of active performing experience and professional instruction. Some of this education involved years of studying Russian bow holds and techniques, occasionally under the supervision of Rotterdam Conservatory violin professors Igor and Vesna Gruppman, as well as
the Galamian bow techniques as taught by renowned Baroque specialist Dr. Alexander Woods.
At the age of fifteen she successfully auditioned into a number of outside semi-
professional orchestra groups in the area including the Timpanogos Chamber Orchestra, and also being awarded a full-ride scholarship into the American Heritage Orchestra. Rachel is a
three-time trophy winner in solo performance ASTA competitions, which she began competing
in when she was nine. Rachel has over five years of experience fulfilling the role of concert
master, including at the Brigham Young University Symphony Orchestra for a year and a half.
During this time, she was given the responsibility to perform all solos and lead violin
responsibilities in the first ever Off-Broadway production of ‘The Phantom of the Opera’ in
2013. During her last year and a half at BYU, Rachel was asked to play with the universities’
flagship orchestra, the BYU Philharmonic. This was a great honor, as the Philharmonic is a
strictly music major-only performance group, and Rachel was not a music major. With this
group and others, Rachel has performed numerous times at Abravanel Hall and various
buildings on Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Rachel has more than 15 years of teaching experience and has taught over 160 students
from ages 4-56 in three different states. Rachel is a firm believer in the Suzuki method, but
occasionally also supplements her student’s work with Bluegrass, Celtic, religious, and Baroque
pieces. While she greatly enjoys playing in orchestras and smaller ensemble groups, Rachel
especially loves teaching others to play the violin.
Some of Rachel’s most memorable violin experiences include her performance during
her college graduation before the school’s graduating class, performing pieces she arranged for loved-ones’ funerals, having a jam-session with a small local folk group in a pub in Wales, and playing a piece on the Stradivarius “Firebird.”
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