In addition to being a passionate performer and collaborator, Rachel is a private music educator dedicated to the success of her students. She maintains a private voice and piano studio out of her home in West Hartford, Connecticut. In addition to her private teaching studio, she is the alto section leader at St. James Episcopal Church in Farmington. She has also taught private voice, piano lessons, and group classes at Farmington Valley Academy Montessori in Avon, Arts Place in Cheshire, and Summit Studios in Manchester.
As a voice teacher, Ms. Abrams provides her students with a holistic, healthy, and age-appropriate technique based on her studies of vocal pedagogy, years of lessons from master teachers, and her personal experiences as a performer. Through personalized vocal exercises and repertoire assignments, students will learn how to achieve a proper vocal onset, management of air pressure, increase vocal stamina, and maximize vocal freedom through balanced resonance. While Ms. Abrams teaches “classical” technique, her pedagogy can be applied to all styles of singing including, but certainly not limited to: musical theater, jazz, gospel, barbershop, and even rock!
Before opening her own private studio in Connecticut, Rachel lived in St. Louis, Missouri where she taught throughout the region. While in Missouri, she served as an Adjunct Voice Instructor/Lecture Professor at East Central College and as a Private Voice and Music Instructor at St. John’s School of the Arts.
In addition to her teaching experience in the Missouri area, Rachel was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Northern Colorado, where she was an assistant instructor for Music Survey and Music and World Cultures classes.
Ms. Abrams holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Northern Colorado and a Bachelor of Music degree from San José State University. She lives in West Hartford with her husband Ben and their anti-social diva cat, Miss Moo Moo. She is currently accepting new students.
Since the winter of 2016, Rachel has been a performer with Lollipop Opera Outreach. This touring opera company brings the joy of opera to thousands of school children throughout New England. This season, she will continue to perform the roles of Babe in The Three Pigs – A Pig Tale and the Mother/Witch in Hansel and Gretel. To learn more about Lollipop Opera, please visit their website.