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The KVSO Concertmaster, Rachel Jacklin

Rachel Jacklin has traveled the world by the strings of her violin, from Mexico to Europe, Hawaii to Alaska.

She grew up in a family of musicians and started taking lessons when she was three. From there, she has traveled the world and performed all over the country, ranging from soloist, to first chair violin, to principal second, to concertmaster.

Rachel has appeared as a soloist with the Olivet Nazarene University Orchestra, Catalina Chamber Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Albuquerque, the University of Arizona Symphony and the Albuquerque Youth Symphony. She also performs regularly with the Heartland Festival Orchestra, and is on the substitute list for the Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra.

Of the many notable positions and performances, the most significant include the New Mexico Symphony, the Santa Fe Symphony, concertmaster of the Austrian American Mozart Academy, and concertmaster of the Catalina Chamber Orchestra.

Rachel has a bachelor of music in violin performance from the University of Arizona, and a master of music in violin performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music.

The concertmaster is lead violinist and the second-hand command, just after the conductor. Her duties will include tuning the orchestra at rehearsals and performances. The concertmaster acts as the liaison between the conductor and the orchestra, working in tight harmony to create the desired sound.