Violin and Viola
Rachel Hauser (Viola) - is one of the founding members of the Willy Street Chamber Players. A 2015 move back to her hometown of New York City has limited her participation in the ensemble’s recent activities - but she is always thrilled and grateful for an opportunity to come to Madison and perform with her amazing colleagues.
During her ten years as a resident of Madison, Rachel was a tenured member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra. She also played regularly with the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, the Lacrosse Symphony Orchestra, and the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra where she previously served as Principal 2nd Violin.
Rachel continues to perform as a violinist and violist in New York City, having been featured in concerts at Carnegie Hall, Bargemusic’s “Here and Now” series, the Queens Library Concert Series, and the Composers Voice series at the Firehouse Space. For three years, she was also a member of the Queens based chamber music concert series Astoria Music Project.
Rachel’s investment in the arts community extends beyond her work as a musician. An experienced fundraiser, she served as Willy Street Chamber Player’s Development Director for four seasons. She also worked as a Development Consultant for established ensembles and institutions across the nation including the League of American Orchestras, Sybarite 5, The Sebastians, and Musicambia – a program that seeks to offer meaningful musical experiences to incarcerated individuals. Upon moving to New York City, Rachel took on senior level fundraising positions as Development Director of RIOULT Dance NY, and Assistant Director of Development at Kaufman Music Center – the nation’s largest community music school.
Currently, in addition to maintaining a busy chamber music performance schedule, Rachel has married her passions as a performer and administrator serving as Managing Director at Reed Yeboah Fine Violins, one of the nation’s premiere institutions specializing in the repair, restoration and sales of fine stringed instruments and bows.
Rachel is an alumna of the New England Conservatory of Music in Boston, the Utrecht Conservatory of Music in the Netherlands, and The University of Wisconsin-Madison; Her primary teachers
include David Perry, Masuko Ushioda, Richard Wolfe and Louise Behrend.