A born Vancouverite, Rachel Buttress (she/her) proudly makes her living as an educator at the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music (VSOSoM), and as a performer throughout the Lower Mainland. She graduated with distinction from Mount Allison University with a Bachelors in Music in Vocal Studies. Prior to her degree, Rachel achieved a Diploma of Music majoring in voice and a Conducting Certificate, both from Capilano University. Currently, Rachel is studying at UBC for her Masters of Music in Opera Performance.
Rachel has been an accomplished performer for the past decade in concert, recital, and on the opera stage. She has sung as soloist for many great works, including Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, and Handel’s Messiah. Recent performances include soloist for the VSO’s concert series, a Traditional Christmas, and the role of Mary Crawford in UBC Opera’s production of Mansfield Park.
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 Early Years Music, piano, ukulele, and voice. In all teaching scenarios, Rachel strives to create an environment that is welcoming and inclusive. She wholly believes 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.