Mrs. Rachel Fellows-Schnackel

Violin, Viola Teacher

Rachel Fellows-Schnackel began Suzuki violin lessons at age 3 with her mother, Suzuki Teacher Trainer Esther Fellows. Now with her own private studio, Rachel is a registered Suzuki Teacher with training in 10 books and Every Child Can by the Suzuki Association of the Americas (SAA).

In addition to her private studio, Rachel has taught as an In-School Fellow with Memphis Music Initiative and also with the PRIZM Ensemble’s Educational Program at De La Salle Middle School. Through PRIZM’s program, she served one of the most diverse student bodies in the Memphis Jubilee school system; her group violin program specialized in a modified Suzuki approach that teaches musical development through ear training and music reading, while fostering the love of learning.

Rachel holds a Bachelors and a Masters in Music Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) and received her Artist Diploma at the University of Memphis. During her studies she served as a Graduate Teaching Assistant to Kevin Lawrence and apprentice to Suzuki Teacher Trainer Esther Fellows.

You can hear her performing across the state of Montana with String Orchestra of the Rockies, Missoula Symphony Orchestra as principal 2nd violin, and with Festival Amadeus. Rachel has performed as Associate Concertmaster with North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra and in the violin sections of Memphis, Arkansas, Tulsa, Roanoke, Winston-Salem, Greensboro, Jackson, and Nashville Symphonies. When not performing in the classical circuit, Rachel enjoys playing with her jazz trio.

“The expressive warmth of her sound and her innate ease with the instrument create[s] playing that is delightfully satisfying and communicative.”- Kevin Lawrence, Head of the String Department at University of North Carolina School of the Arts

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