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About rachelrobinsonmusic

Rachel Robinson is a teaching artist, director, music director and performer based in San Francisco. She is a graduate of New York University’s Steinhardt School, and holds a degree in Vocal Performance. In addition to her work as a singer/actress, Rachel maintains a very busy schedule directing, music directing, and teaching. 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 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 2011-2012, Rachel spent a year as the Conservatory Director at the Willows, where she worked on developing opportunities for youth and up-and-coming theatre artists. No matter what level of student she is working with, Rachel believes in finding the student's "natural voice." Playing any instrument is a process, not an event, and her goal is to make that process as fun, productive, and insightful as possible.

The Little Mermaid – The Music of a Generation

When I was asked to music direct The Little Mermaid last year, I jumped at the opportunity.  I immediately started listening to the cast album on an endless loop – at home, in the car, at the gym – letting … Continue reading

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#specificssetyoufree

Two summers ago, I had the pleasure of working with an assistant director who introduced me to a little phrase that would change the way that I looked at acting. Specifics Set You Free. It’s something that one of her … Continue reading

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The Company Way

If you follow this blog at all, you know that I am most passionate about my work with young actors.  A year ago, I had the good fortune to be hired to work with the Civic Arts Stage Company; first as … Continue reading

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“So how do you do it with just words and just music?”

“It’s all uncharted.” Singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles took the UC Berkeley Greek Theatre by storm last night.  The performance was the last stop on her “Little Black Dress” tour.  Sara crisscrossed the country this summer, mostly playing songs from her newest … Continue reading

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All the Sounds of the Earth Are Like Music

Music truly is all around us.  It’s in a Robin’s song, the rustling of leaves, and waves crashing against the shore.  But how often do we actually stop to hear the sounds of the world around us? My running team … Continue reading

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Be Kind to Your Parents

I often use this blog as a venue to write about my work with children.  In reviewing my archive of past entires, I realized that I left out one very important detail of my work – parents.  It is impossible … Continue reading

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The Frozen Phenomenon

If you have kids in your life in any capacity, odds are that you can sing “Let It Go” from memory.  The hit song from the new Disney feature Frozen has swept the nation.  It seems that every child in … Continue reading

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The Spark of Creation

Over the past two weeks, I have had the good fortune of being called in as a collaborator on two new musical projects.  In New York, new musicals were part of my daily bread.  There was always a reading or … Continue reading

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How To Succeed

This week, I’ve been giving a great deal of thought to my role as a director and leader in various theatrical settings.  I found myself in a situation where I needed to clearly articulate the various aspects of my job … Continue reading

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Who’s Who In The Cast

A large portion of the success of any production comes down to casting.  We see it all the time in the movies and on Broadway.  Producers know that by casting a world-renowned actor or a popular celebrity, there is a … Continue reading

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