Rachel completed her BMus in voice at Dalhousie University in Halifax. She is also one of the original graduates of the Canadian College of Performing Arts in Victoria and completed her apprenticeship with the Chemainus Theatre Festival. Rachel has performed from coast to coast, in the US, and Europe as a classical soloist, chorister and in musicals.
Some of Rachel's favourite performances include soprano soloist, Handel's Messish, Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro, Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Eva Peron in Evita, and Woman One in Songs for a New World.
Rachel is producer and partner of the duo, Sounds Like Treble!, with her husband Dwight Siemens. Together they have performed from coast to coast, including for the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, music from the classical, musical theatre, sacred, and party piece repertoire. Rachel and Dwight are co-founders of the Chemainus Classical Concert Series (St. Michael's Presents) which features both established and up and coming professional musicians.
Rachel has been teaching in the Cowichan Valley for over sixteen years and has helped her students prepare for all kinds of goals from simply having more confidence to landing roles or being accepted into major programs. Rachel updates her skills by working with master musicians, and has completed an Applied Vocal Pedagogy course with Dr. Marvin Regier.
Teaching Information: Rachel is passionate about helping students to recognize the need for both beautiful, quality music, and humour to be kept alive in our world. Her philosophy as both a teacher and as a soloist is "leave audiences feeling joyful and inspired, moved and entertained...life is an adventure." Now that Rachel has a 2-year-old and a four-year-old, she knows this for sure and has new insights into working with little ones!! Rachel teaches voice to students of all ages and skill levels with an emphasis on safe and healthy vocal production. Early grades of piano are offered both separately and/or to complement vocal training. Theory and ear training are included for exam preparation. Rachel is a member of Cowichan Valley Music Teachers Association.