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.
While in public schools her orchestras received many UIL sweepstakes awards and Outstanding Orchestra awards in many festivals. Her experience ranges from 5th grade to high school. She is also a sought- after orchestra clinician and solo and ensemble judge. Rachel is a member of the Texas Music Adjudicators Association, Texas Music Educators Association, Texas Orchestra Directors Association, Suzuki Association of the Americas, and the Houston Area Suzuki String Association.
She is Suzuki trained through Unit 1 and will be training further in the near future.