Ms. Rachel Alvarado

Violin, Viola Teacher

Rachel Alvarado

SAA Member


Austin, TX
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Rachel Alvarado serves as Lower and Middle School Strings Teacher at St. Andrews Episcopal School in Austin, Texas. Previously, she served as head orchestra director at Cedar Ridge High School in Round Rock ISD, earning sweepstakes awards at UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest. Mrs. Alvarado also maintains a private violin and viola studio through the Austin Suzuki Music School and is a regular clinician at the Austin Suzuki Institute, Ozark Suzuki Institute, Intermountain Suzuki String Institute, and many other Suzuki music festivals throughout Texas. Additionally, she conducts the Camerata Orchestra in the Austin Youth Orchestra program. Mrs. Alvarado enjoys performing regularly in the Austin area.

Mrs. Alvarado completed her Music and Human Learning degree (M.M) as a Sarah and Ernest Butler Excellence scholar, where she was the Preschool Coordinator for the University of Texas String Project and taught in a pilot string program at UT Elementary School. Additionally, Mrs. Alvarado developed an interdisciplinary curriculum in music and phonemic awareness as her master’s thesis. Mrs. Alvarado has studied topics in music research, string pedagogy and literature, school organization, classroom management, and music in therapy and special education. She was chosen as the UT representative to attend the 2011 Global Music Camp in Ghana.

Mrs. Alvarado received a B.M. in violin performance and pedagogy from the Wheaton College Conservatory (IL), where she was Concertmaster of the Wheaton College Symphony Orchestra, Senior Class Representative, a Presidential Honors Award recipient and a Memorial Merit Scholar. She served as an intern faculty member at Wheaton’s Community School of the Arts. Mrs. Alvarado has studied the violin with Professors Sandy Yamamoto, Anne Akiko Meyers, Paul Zafer, Dr. Lee Joiner, and Elizabeth Suh-Lane. A scholarship recipient of the SAA, she trained with Rebecca Sandrok, Ann Montzka-Smelser, Nancy Jackson, Alice Joy Lewis, Dr. Laurie Scott, and Doris Preucil. She is a member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas, Texas Music Educators Association, and the American String Teachers Association.