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Una Voce Director, Interim Voice Faculty Instructional Lead

Rachel Williams

Rachel Williams (She/Her) is a conductor, music educator, vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and advocate based in the Boston area. Her passion lies in creating music in new ways to transform people and community, and enjoys using both traditional and progessive pedagogical approaches and blended genres in her conducting and teaching. Her recent projects include conducting the Lift Every Voice Project adult choirs, premiering a new composition from ACDA national award winning composer Kyle Pederson and HBO Def Poet Shanelle Gabrielle, collaborating with renowned Gospel and Jazz vocal pedagogue Dr. Trineice Robinson Martin, and working with the One Spirit Foundation youth choirs as a partner for the United Nations World Interfaith Harmony week. At home in the MetroWest area, she currently serves as the full time music director for Memorial Congregational Church, maintains her own private studio and works with local music education initiatives.

Rachel began her choral conducting path with the Oxford University based Harris Manchester Singers, and is strongly influenced by the vocal approaches of Jeanne Goffi-Fynn, Ysaye Barnwell, and Claude Stein, and by conductors Mark Shapiro and Nichole Becker. She earned her B.A. Magna Cum Laude from Boston College, pursued studies at Harvard University, Oxford University, and Berklee, and will be graduating in May 2022 from Columbia University, Teachers College with an M.A. in Music and Music Education.

Education:
B.A. Boston College
M.A. Candidate Teachers College, Columbia University