Rachel Ackerman is a coloratura soprano with a "clear, bright soprano voice" (DC Metro Theater Arts). Rachel holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from George Mason University and a Bachelor of Music Education with high distinction from the Schreyer Honors College of Penn State University.
Rachel has performed the roles of The Queen of the Night (Die Zauberflöte), Madame Herz (The Impresario), Le feu (L'enfant et les sortilèges), Fiona (Brigadoon), and Eileen (Wonderful Town).
In 2016, Rachel won first place in both the VA state and Mid-Atlantic Regional NATS competitions. She is also the first place winner of the American Council of Polish Culture’s national conference and at the Marcella Sembrich vocal competition and won the Richard and Cheryl Hack Award at the Annapolis Opera Vocal Competition. In 2015, she performed in the George Mason concerto competition and placed first in the Virginia NATS competition.
In 2017, Rachel was an Apprentice Artist at Charlottesville Opera in Charlottesville, VA. She covered the role of Ado Annie in Oklahoma! and performed in the chorus and aria recitals.
In addition to her singing, Rachel is a passionate music educator. She has an active studio in Northern VA where she teaches voice and piano lessons and early childhood music classes. She is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) and ECMMA (Early Childhood Music and Movement Association). Her teaching style incorporates Kodaly, Gordon, and Orff methodologies for early childhood.
View her full resume here.