Bachelor of Arts in Politicial Science and Women's and Gender Studies from DePaul University
Rachel joined The Voice Lab team in the summer of 2016 and she loves helping clients find the right teacher, and supporting everyone's unique vocal journey.
Why do you sing?
I love to sing! I sing because it's is a wonderful way for me to release pent up emotions. Singing helps me to connect to myself and feel a sense of peace and contentment. It’s one of my favorite ways to practice self-care!
What are your favorite artists/genres/occasions to sing?
I like to sing whenever, and whatever! I sing when I’m walking to the train, around my apartment, or whenever I can. I enjoy singing all genres - broadway, rock, r&b, soul, and folk, anything from Alicia Keys to The Civil Wars to Tracy Chapman. Pretty much anything that makes me feel nostalgic.
What's the weirdest or nerdiest thing you've seen a teacher do in a voice lesson?
I think the weirdest thing I’ve seen a teacher do is ask her client to lie on the floor and stretch as he practiced his breathing exercises. He's really tall and has a big voice, so there was a lot of laughing as he tried out this new way of singing. It was definitely an interesting moment!
Were there any defining moments in your career or education that led you to working here?
Definitely - throughout high school and college I was heavily involved in organizing events and groups within the LGBTQ community, and one of the things that drew me to working at The Voice Lab was the amazing work the studio does in the trans*/gnc community. I think it’s fantastic that these services exist!
What is your favorite thing about working at The Voice Lab?
My favorite thing is having the opportunity to be a part of such a unique and eclectic team. I love interacting with our diverse group of clients and teachers, and it’s very exciting to be in a musical space.
What would you tell someone who's thinking about taking voice lessons?
I would say, to put it simply, just do it! You’ll be amazed at all the ways singing lessons can benefit you: mind, soul, and body.