Rachael has been an active member of the Rochester music community since 2010. She completed her undergraduate degree at the Eastman School of Music with majors in Music Education, Musical Arts, and a minor in Social Psychology. She then went on to complete her masters degree at Ithaca College with a focus in Popular Music Education. She recently began her Ph.D. studies at Eastman with a focus on Secondary General Music Education. Rachael is frequently invited to speak at conferences on topics around general music making with middle and high school students, and she is currently working on several research studies on related topics. She also continues to enjoy an active performance career around Rochester. 

What do you love most about your job?
I love the range of ages I get to teach and I’m looking forward to watching students grow as musicians. I also love playing instruments with students, singing, and dancing.

Why/how did you decide to go into this line of work?
I have been performing and actively involved in music since age 3 when I joined my first choir. As I got older, I realized one of the reasons I loved music so much was because I had fabulous music teachers. Music is my passion and I love sharing it with others.

What’s the best part about working at Allendale Columbia?
I love the team I get to work with. The music/drama department teachers are absolutely fabulous. They inspire me to be a better teacher and are incredibly supportive. Everyone at AC seems to love what they do; I couldn’t ask for a better school.