Rachel Carlson, President

Rachel Carlson, D.M.A. is the Director of Choral Activities at Shepherd University, where she conducts the Shepherd University Chamber Singers, Camerata Soprano/Alto choir, and Masterworks Chorale and teaches choral methods, conducting, and voice. She founded and serves as Artistic Director of Six Degree Singers, a community choir based in Silver Spring, MD and now in its twelfth year, and serves as Assistant Conductor of the Washington Master Chorale. Dr. Carlson presents workshops and masterclasses in schools throughout the region and is in demand as a clinician, adjudicator, presenter, and guest conductor. In 2014, she was nominated for a Wammie (Washington Area Music Award) for best Classical Conductor/Director. Dr. Carlson has been published twice in the Choral Journal and has been invited to present her research at state, regional, and national ACDA conferences as well as national NCCO conferences.

Dr. Carlson has toured the country and the world as a freelance professional choral singer and soprano soloist with many top professional ensembles, including the Oregon Bach Festival, True Concord Voices and Orchestra, Vox Humana, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Washington Master Chorale, Washington Bach Consort, Conspirare, Manhattan Chorale, and Germany’s Bach Ensemble Helmuth Rilling.

Dr. Carlson holds Bachelor’s degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education from the University of Maryland, a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a DMA in Choral Conducting from the University of Maryland.

Email Rachel at: rcarlson[at]shepherd.edu