Massachusetts
Profile Type: Artist
Artist
Rachel Panitch

Rachel Panitch is a Boston-based violinist, improviser, composer, and teaching artist. She has been an artist-in-residence in neighborhoods, in schools, and in Zion National Park. Rachel uses her violin and voice to tell and translate stories. Her playing has been called “fearless” and brings together aural and written musical traditions.

Rachel performs Classical music with the Cardamom Quartet, is a dance fiddler with French Roast, and weaves stories with Thread Ensemble (an improvisatory trio of violins, voices and vibraphone) and with Grammy award-winner Bill Harley. Rachel’s fiddling can be heard on a PBS Utah Bucket List episode, and The Mosque in Morgantown, an Emmy-nominated PBS documentary soundtrack.

Rachel specializes in teaching improvisation and fiddling, and works regularly with a number of music education organizations and schools around Massachusetts and Rhode Island. 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 nationally-recognized Community MusicWorks in Providence, RI, where she completed a Fellowship that inspired and incubated RI Fiddle Project. She was chosen as a 2015-2017 Jubilation Fellow, a national award recognizing “individuals with an exceptional talent for helping young people feel fully alive through rhythm."

Rachel received her Masters of Music in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory, and holds a BA in Anthropology from Vassar College. She has studied with Carla Kihlstedt, Hankus Netsky, Nicholas Kitchen, Peter Row, and Tanya Kalmanovitch.

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Additional Links: 
Rachel was featured in this Utah PBS/KUED production
an educational offering of RI Fiddle Project, to senior living centers and schools
leading a "conduction" with players and audience

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Contact Information

First Name: 
Rachel
Job Title/Position: 
Musician
Physical Address: 
Boston, MA 02130
Last Name: 
Panitch
Phone: 
401-644-5847

About

Profile Type: 
Artist
Primary Discipline: 
Music - New
Additional Disciplines: 
Music - General
Music - Chamber
Music - Composition
Music - Ethnic / World
Music - Folk
Music - Traditional
Year Founded: 
2007
Populations Served: 
Elders
Families
Nonprofits
School Groups
Teens
Youth-At-Risk
Institution/Business Type: 
Artists (Individual)
Activities and Services: 
Arts Instruction / Lessons
Audio or Video Recording
Community Arts
Creation of a Work of Art (Including Commissions)
Performance / Concert / Reading / Assembly
Public Art Projects (In Free, Public Spaces)
Residency - Community
Residency - In School
Residency - Other
Writing Services
Workshops / Demonstrations / Master Class / Presentation
Events Per Year: 
50
Seasons Active: 
Spring
Summer
Fall
Winter
Geographic Reach: 
Multi-State Region
National

Affiliations and Accomplishments

Education: 
New England Conservatory
Vassar College
Awards: 
Community Performances and Partnerships Fellow, New England Conservatory, 2011-2013; Entrepreneurial Musicianship Grantee, NEC, 2012; RI Foundation’s 2010 Nonprofit Emerging Leader; Rhode Island Fiddle Project - Winner of 2010 Best of RI Award
Jubilation Fellow, 2015-2017

Accessibility of Services

Access accommodations for people who use a wheelchair and have limited mobility
Access accommodations for people who are blind, partially sighted, and have low vision

I am a Touring Artist

I am NEST eligible
Technical Requirements: 
For dances/performances with large audiences: sound system with inputs needed for the size of the band (plus one for the speaking/calling microphone).
Fee Range Minimum: 
$200
Fee Range Maximum: 
$2,000
State of Residence: 
Massachusetts
Minimum Number of Performers: 
2
Maximum Number of Performers: 
4

I am a Teaching Artist

Teaching Settings: 
Afterschool Program
Arts and Cultural Center / Venue
Community Site / Center
Corporate Business
Healthcare Facility
Private Studio
School / University
Subject Areas: 
Arts Integration - Communications
Arts Integration - English Language / Literacy
Arts Integration - History and Social Science
Arts Integration - Physical Education
Arts Integration - Science / Technology / Engineering
Dance
Literature
Music
Ages Served: 
Pre-Kindergarten-age
Elementary School-age
Middle School-age
High School-age
College-Age
Adults
Seniors
Fee Range Minimum: 
$200
Fee Range Maximum: 
$2,000