Title: Former DTAA Graduate Assistant
Rachel Conklin is a violinist currently pursuing a Master’s of Arts in Arts Administration from the University of Akron. Rachel holds a Master’s of Music from the University of Akron and a Bachelor’s of Music from State University of New York at Fredonia in Fredonia, New York. From an early age, music developed into a passion beginning with violin lessons using the Suzuki method. From there, Rachel pursued music with individual and group lessons, summer music festivals, county and state festivals, and youth orchestras. Rachel has collaborated with many music groups and ensembles over the years. She has enjoyed performing with the Southern Tier Orchestra, the Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra, the Bemus Bay Pops Orchestra, the Allegro Youth Orchestra, and Barrage! Rachel enjoys performing music that ranges from classical to punk rock. Primary teachers include Alan Bodman (violin and viola), Dr. David Colwell, Dr. Linda Sinanian, Dr. Chin Kim, and Ellie Kang. An avid teacher herself, she maintains violin studios at Wadsworth Music and Studio Strings in Wadsworth, Ohio. The decision to continue education in Arts Administration was one with the intent towards becoming fully immersed in music and the arts world. After attending the National Music Festival in Chestertown, MD as a violinist and then a second time as an arts administration apprentice, Rachel realized that pursuing a career in arts administration would allow her to continue working in the arts not only as a performer but also behind the stage helping artists fulfill their dreams.