Music Services: Mass, Adoration, Youth Group, Retreat, Conference, Prayer Gathering, Concert
Instruments: Guitar, Vocals, Piano
Travels From: Erie, Ohio
Rachel Burkey was born in Charlottesville, VA, and eventually rooted herself in Music City USA, Nashville, TN. Although her mother and father were both in the medical profession, her mom was also a talented pianist and vocalist and quickly encouraged Rachel to start piano. This is where the love story all began.
Rachel studied classical piano for 14 years under several instructors, including Randall Faber, creator of the Faber Piano Series. As her passion for music grew, she also began classical vocal instruction under Marcia Jones Thom, who is currently a vocal professor at Sweet Briar College and Randolph College in VA. She also studied voice under Nicole Philibosian at Interlochen School of Music.
Her repertoire spans from operatic arias, such as "Che faro senza Euridice?" from Orfeo ed Euridice to jazz and country. In addition to piano and voice, Rachel also has pursued the guitar in recent years and is self-taught. Rachel has performed extensively in all different genres, but some of the highlights have been singing in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, being a soloist in Vivaldi's Gloria with members of the Nashville Symphony, singing in the Nashville Symphony Chorus, and leading the worship for the Saint Henry School Faith Rally with good friends, Greg Walton and Bill Bleistine.
Although her passion is writing her own genre of music, Rachel also loves to write liturgical music. Her focus is to capture the meaning and reverence of the text in a contemporary setting that will encourage participation among all age groups. Her music has been used in several parishes around the country. Along with her liturgical music, Rachel writes music that combines contemporary Christian and folk. Her inspiration stems from her own personal experiences and her travels in the United States and abroad. Rachel received her undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, in German Language and Literature and also received her Masters of Arts in Learning and Teaching with a focus in music education. She currently resides in Cleveland, OH, teaching theology and acting as a Lifeteen Music Director for one of the diocesan parishes.