15 years of teaching and performance experience.
Rachel Norton is a professionally trained singer and teacher, and she has an active private vocal studio in the Berkshires. Currently, she is accepting students of all ages and ability levels.
In 2017 and 2018, Rachel served as an Adjunct Professor in music at Northern Vermont University - Lyndon. Simultaneously, Rachel gave private vocal lessons to students in Vermont and in New Hampshire. Prior to that, Rachel taught voice lessons to students in Connecticut, to college students at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and at a summer camp in the Berkshires for girls from ages nine to sixteen.
From 2012 to 2016, Rachel resided in New Hampshire. While she was there, she joined The Pine Hill Singers, an all female choir in the local area, and she performed with them in the northeast. In addition, Rachel was a soloist member of the North Country Chorus, a mixed group of choral singers who worked on and performed primarily classical pieces. Rachel served as the Musical Director for a local community theater company called The Upstage Players; and she also starred in their musical in the spring of 2015. At The White Mountain School, Rachel served as the Art Department Chair. She taught Music History, Music Theory, Music Appreciation, Beginning and Intermediate Voice Class, and Theater. In addition to the classes that Rachel taught, she also gave private voice lessons to WMS students, conducted a twenty-five member a cappella group, and directed a select vocal ensemble on campus.
Rachel Norton holds a Master of Music in Classical Vocal Performance from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she studied classical voice and opera. At UMass Amherst, Rachel served as the Voice Teaching Assistant. This allowed her to design and teach a vocal performance class and a vocal technique course to undergraduate students. While attending UMass, Rachel gave private voice lessons to undergraduate voice minors, non-majors, and others in the broader community of western Massachusetts. Rachel did her undergraduate work at the New England Conservatory of Music earning a Bachelor of Music degree in Classical Vocal Performance. While Rachel attended NEC, she held a position at a congregational church as a section leader, singing with the church choir, teaching them their music, and performing solos on a regular basis. As an undergraduate, Rachel took graduate vocal pedagogy courses, and she gave regular voice lessons to students as part of her training. Rachel has studied with Amy Johnson, Janna Baty, Sandra Kungle, Mark St Laurent, D'Anna Fortunato, and Megan Owen Yost; and she has received vocal coaching from Mitchell Cirker, Ludmila Krasin, Jean Anderson Collier and several others.
Rachel is a member of American Choral Directors Association and National Association of Teachers of Singing.