Miss. Rachel Daniels

Viola, Violin Teacher

Rachel Daniels

SAA Member


Mission, KS

Rachel Daniels is a viola and violin teacher with a passion for education and outreach. Having earned a bachelor’s degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and a master’s degree at the Rice Shepherd School of music, Rachel has studied viola with renowned teachers Peter Slowik and Ivo-Jan Van der Werff. With extensive orchestral training and experience, Rachel was previously a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra and current substitute with the Kansas City Symphony, Topeka Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, and the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas. As a chamber musician, Rachel has studied with members of the Dover, Pacifica, and Arianna string quartets, as has toured in the Lincoln Center Stage resident piano quintet aboard the Holland America cruise line. Internationally, Rachel has performed in England, Italy, Canada, Austria, and the Czech Republic. She has held fellowships with the National Orchestral Institute, the Spoleto Festival USA, the Madeline Island Chamber Music Festival, and the National Music Festival. Other summer music programs she has attended include the Aspen Music Festival and School and the Chautauqua Music Festival. 

Rachel has had the privilege of mentoring many students, ages 5-60 on their musical journeys. As a Suzuki violin/viola teacher, she views music lessons as a chance to not only learn an instrument, but to help children to achieve goals, learn to self-evaluate, and find their artistic voices. Rachel encourages a close bond between parent, teacher, and student and has experienced joy in building meaningful connections with her students as they grow. She has also coached chamber music at the Oberlin Community Music School and served as an orchestral coach at the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra. When not performing or teaching, Rachel can be found cooking, doing yoga, scuba diving, and reading novels alongside her husband.