Rachel Carlson enjoys a versatile career as a conductor, soloist, chamber ensemble singer, and voice teacher based in the greater Washington, DC area. Dr. Carlson is Assistant Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia, where she conducts the Shepherd University Chamber Singers, Camerata Soprano/Alto choir, and Masterworks Chorale and teaches choral methods, conducting, and voice. She presents workshops and masterclasses in schools throughout the region and is in demand as a clinician, adjudicator, presenter, and guest conductor. Dr. Carlson founded and serves as Artistic Director of Six Degree Singers, a community choir based in Silver Spring, MD, and serves as Assistant Conductor of the Washington Master Chorale. In 2014, she was nominated for a Wammie (Washington Area Music Award) for best Classical Conductor/ Director. She currently sits on the ACDA MD/DC Chapter Board as President-Elect and will become President in July.

Dr. Carlson has toured the country and the world as a freelance professional choral singer and soprano soloist with many of the nation’s 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, Washington Revels, 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 at the University of Maryland.