Rachel Robinson is a director, music director, teaching artist, and performer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is a graduate of New York University’s Steinhardt School, and holds a degree in Vocal Performance.
Rachel grew up in the Washington, D.C. area where she became an active performer at a very early age. She appeared many times with The Washington Opera and made her solo debut there in the spring of 1998 as the Third Spirit in The Magic Flute. She returned the following fall as the peasant child in Fedora opposite Plácido Domingo and Mirella Freni. She also played roles at the Adventure Theatre and with the Washington Savoyards.
In 2003, Rachel moved to New York City to begin her degree at New York University. During the next four years Rachel appeared in many cabarets and productions, both at NYU and in the city. After graduating in May 2007, Rachel became the resident Music Director at Stage Left Children’s Theater in Tappan, NY. She was in residence there for three seasons. At the same time, she founded a private voice and piano studio.
In September 2010, Rachel relocated to San Francisco. She began working as a music instructor at ViBo Music, Village Music School, and the San Francisco Friends School. She also was brought on as a music director at the Willows Theatre Company. In September 2011, Rachel was hired as the Conservatory Director at the Willows, where she worked on developing opportunities for youth and up-and-coming theatre artists.
In 2012, Rachel returned to doing freelance work as a director, music director, and teaching artist. She is a frequent artist at Berkeley Playhouse, Bay Area Musicals, Altarena Playhouse, and Bay Area Children’s Theatre. She is currently the resident accompanist for the award-winning Orinda Intermediate School Choir. Rachel also proudly coaches a full roster of private voice and piano students.
Along with pianist, Ben Malkevitch, Rachel recently performed two successful concerts of Maury Yeston’s December Songs. Watch a video below.