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A born Vancouverite, Rachel Buttress (she/her) proudly makes her living as an educator at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music (VSOSoM), as Assistant Conductor of the Vancouver Bach Children’s Choirs alongside Marisa Gaetanne, and as a performing artist. Whether she is on the stage or in the classroom, Rachel strives to create an environment that is welcoming and inclusive to all. She wholly believes in the power of music to build connection with one’s self and with others.
Rachel was an inaugural student of the VSOSoM’s Performance Preparatory Programme, studying with Diane King. She earned her Master of Music degree in Opera Performance from the University of British Columbia under tutelage of Marisa Gaetanne and Prof. Nancy Hermison. Rachel obtained her Bachelor of Music degree studying with Sally Dibblee at Mount Allison University, graduating with distinction. She also holds a Diploma of Music and Conducting Certificate, both from Capilano University.
Rachel is an accomplished performer in concert, recital, and on the opera stage. She has performed as soloist for many large works, including Orff’s Carmina Burana, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, and Handel’s Messiah. Operatic performances include Mary Crawford in Mansfield Park, Gianetta in The Gondoliers, The Brothel Keeper in Shadow Catch, and Frau Fluth in Die Lusigen Weiber von Windsor. Rachel has performed alongside the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for multiple of their Traditional Christmas Concerts.
Rachel’s passion for performance is equaled by her passion for music education. She teaches private and group classes for students of all ages and stages, in the disciplines of voice, piano, ukulele, and Early Years Music. Believing music has the power to spark confidence, creativity, and community in students of all ages, Rachel aims to fuel her student’s passion for music, while teaching the skills and techniques needed to achieve their musical goals.