Education and awards:
- Bachelor’s in Music Composition and African Studies from Emory University
- Recipient of The Ken Simpson Composition Award 2016 in recognition of exceptional creativity and artistry in composition
- Received the National Federation for Music Club 15, 30, and 45 gold point cups for piano proficiency
Notable roles/performance experience:
- Played piano in the Emory 2022 CompFest “Flow State”
- Conducted Improvisation with Timuçin Sahin
- 2018 Emory Tango Ensemble Concert
- Compositions presented at the Emory Comp Showcase of fall 2020, spring 2021, fall 2021, and spring 2022
- Composition presented at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum Nürnberg, in Nürnberg, Germany in February 2022
Rachel is an accomplished pianist and composer whose favorite musical memory was having her composition learned and performed by her fellow Emory students. She has years of experience as a student in private lessons, in ensemble environments, and in preparing musicians to perform her own compositions. She is available to teach students in classical piano, contemporary piano, and piano composition.
Rachel encourages her students to pursue what brings them joy.
“I want to create a safe and fun environment for musical exploration grounded in classical piano music theory and practice,” she continues. “I encourage and help my students with their own compositions or arrangements.”
Rachel loves Bossa nova, all animals but especially dogs, and traveling to Nigeria to research its culture and history and visit her family.