Ms. Rachel Samson

Violin, Viola Teacher, Student

Rachel Samson

SAA Member


Plano, TX

Rachel Samson hails from Central and NE Ohio, where she began her musical journey with Virginia Christopherson and Deborah Price. She attended high school at Hathaway Brown School and the Cleveland Institute of Music as part of the Young Artist Program. Rachel continued her studies at CIM for her Bachelor of Music, during which time she really enjoyed her studies in Chamber Music with the Cavani Quartet and Suzuki Pedagogy with Kimberly Meier-Sims. She studied with Ms. Meier-Sims for two years, training through Suzuki Violin Books 1-10 plus Practicum. Rachel earned her Master of Music degree on merit fellowship scholarship at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance in 2013.

Ms. Samson has participated in summer programs including The Montecito Music Festival, The Perlman Music Program, ENCORE School for Strings, and The Indiana University String Academy. She has taught at the Rudolf Steiner School of Ann Arbor, Baldwin-Wallace Middle School Strings Summer Program, the Mentor High School Mannheim String Orchestra Camp at Youngstown State University, CIM’s Preparatory Chamber Music Camp, and Hathaway Brown. Her principal teachers include Caroline Coade, Yizhak Schotten, Jeffrey Irvine, Lynne Ramsey, Heidi Castleman, Stanley Konopka, Deborah Price, Michael Davis, and Virginia Christopherson. Musicians for whom she has performed in masterclass include Kim Kashkashian, Ivry Gitlis, Helen Callus, Karen Ritscher, Carol Rodland, Michelle LaCourse, Susan DuBois, Kirsten Docter, Lisa Boyko, Charles Pikler, Itzhak Perlman, Peter Salaff, Joel Smirnoff, Paul Katz, Rhonda Cole, Cavani String Quartet, Colorado String Quartet, The Jerusalem and Tokyo Quartets.

Ms. Samson is a firm believer in the saying “They’re rarely too young and never too old” to learn to play the viola or violin. She loves and relates well with all ages and levels of students, and is passionate about finding fun and exciting ways to learn to play. She has been teaching since 2005, and is excited to continue learning and working with students. She and her husband, Neil Fong Gilfillan, have been in Frisco, TX since September of 2016. We know the transplant population in the DFW Metroplex is large, and can relate to what it is like to find yourself in a huge, new town. There’s a saying about Texas that goes, “I wasn’t born here, but I got here as fast as I could!” Please feel free to contact Rachel via phone or email, and in the meantime, do check out the studio website