Rachel Panitch is a Boston-based violinist, improviser, composer, and teacher. She has been an artist-in-residence in neighborhoods, in schools, and in Zion National Park. She was chosen as a 2015-16 Jubilation Fellow, a national award recognizing “individuals with an exceptional talent for helping young people feel fully alive through rhythm."

In 2009, Rachel founded Rhode Island Fiddle Project, a free music program teaching traditional fiddle and dance music to students ages 7-17.  Rachel continues to work with Community MusicWorks in Providence, RI, where she completed a Fellowship which inspired and incubated RI Fiddle Project.

Rachel performs Classical music with the Cardamom Quartet, is a contra dance fiddler with bands French Roast and Pizzazz, and tells stories with Bill Harley, and with Thread Ensemble: an improvisatory trio of violins, voices and vibraphone. Rachel received her Masters of Music in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory in 2013.  A graduate of Vassar College, Rachel completed work in Anthropology focusing on aural learning in folk music communities. She has studied with Carla Kihlstedt, Hankus Netsky, Nicholas Kitchen and Tanya Kalmanovitch.

Related links:
rachelpanitch.com
rifiddleproject.org

2013-08-23


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