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Rachel Brashier (Mezzo-soprano)

Born: USA

The American mezzo-soprano and music teacher, Rachel Brashier, studied at Mcleansboro High School (Class of 1995). She McLeansboro, Illinoisobtained her Bachelor of Music degree in Voice and Education from Eastern Illinois University (1995-1999).

Rachel Brashier taught music for twelve years in the Chicagoland area: Elementary Music Teacher at Aptakisic-Tripp School District 102 in Buffalo Grove (August 1999-June 2000); Music Teacher at Virginia Lake Elementary School (CCSD 15) in Palatine (August 2000-June 2004); Music Teacher at Roycemore School in Evanston (August 2004-May 2010).

Rachel Brashier obtained her Masters of Music in Music History from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale (2010-2012). Her thesis concerned the hymns of women in Byzantine chant of the Greek Orthodox Church, on which subject she presented at the Feminist Theory and Music Conference in 2011. She is now interested in chant and religious music in diaspora communities of Orthodox Christians in the USA. Since 2012 she is a graduate student in Ethnomusicology of Eastman School of Music, and is doing fieldwork in chant and religious music within diaspora communities of Orthodox Christians in the USA. Her current interests surround the transfer of musical knowledge through sensory embodiment and gesture.

Since June 2009 Rachel Brashier works as Private Voice Instructor at The Musical Offering in Evanston; since November 2012 she works as Reference Desk and Special Collections Assistant at Sibley Music Library in Rochester; since September 2012 she is Youth Choir Director at Holy Spirit Greek Orthodox Church in in Rochester; since September 2012 she is Choir Director at Plank South Elementary at Webster Central Schools.

Source: Eastman School of Music Website; Rachel Brashier profile on LinkedIn
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Aryeh Oron (May 2014)

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Video: BWV 245

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Graduate Students in Musicology at Eastman
Rachel Brashier (Ethnomusicology Review)

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