Grew up in southeast Texas and began playing the violin at the age of 11 in the public schools in Beaumont. Graduated with a Bachelor’s in Violin Performance and Music Education from Lamar University.
While at Lamar Rachel studied with Dr. Eduard Schmieder, a Russian immigrant at the time, and performed with the Beaumont Symphony. Professor Schmieder is an imminent violin teacher who has since taught at Rice, SMU, UCLA and is currently teaching at Brown University.
After graduation Rachel went on to teach in the public schools and remained there for 31 years.