Rachel holds a Master of Music degree from Yale University and a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Toronto. Her principal teachers have been Andras Fejer, Judith Glyde, Aldo Parisot and Shauna Rolston.
As a member of the Vinca String Quartet, formed at Yale, Rachel was a graduate assistant to the Takacs Quartet at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The Vinca Quartet were prizewinners at the 2005 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition in South Bend, Indiana, and visiting artists at the Aspen Music Festival, Vail Music Festival, and the International Musicians Seminar in Prussia Cove, England.
Rachel has participated in the Spoleto USA Festival (Charleston, South Carolina) the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival (Norfolk, Connecticut), the National Orchestral Institute (College Park, Maryland), and spent six summers at the Banff Centre for the Arts. She has performed in masterclasses for Janos Starker, Desmond Hoebig, Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi and Ralph Kirshbaum; and intensively studied chamber music with Laurence Lesser and the Tokyo, Takacs and Juilliard String Quartets.