Rachael Miller

Violin from Chicago, IL - Will travel up to 100 miles
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The violin has been my passion and joy for more than 18 years. My performance experience includes venues from musicals and chamber ensembles to special events and solo performances. I have organized a comprehensive library of songs appropriate for any given occasion pertaining to any genre. To add variety to special events, my musical equipment includes acoustic and electric violins along with sound pedals paired with an amplifier. Please contact me to receive a prompt and comprehensive response. My goal is to provide each of my clients with excellent customer experience and a memorable performance.

What to Expect:
"In my 25 years as a professor at ISU, Rachael's gift as a technician on the violin ranks as the best undergraduate student I have ever had in my studio."
- Dr. Sarah Gentry , Violin Professor at ISU
"She is a first rate musician and a wonderful communicator with both words and music."
-Michael H. Dicker, Former Bassoon from Juilliard's School of Music
"Rachael's natural gifts include fast fingers, rote memory, and perfect pitch. Combine these gifts with her dedication to achieve perfection and you have the key ingredients to become a truly special musician."
-Laura Dokmo Polick, Chicagoland Private Teacher
"Her strong ability to be a great orchestra player and a leader among top players brought her consistent recognition at the state level."
-Laura Dokmo Polick, Chicagoland Private Teacher
"When elite musicians gather to compete, Rachael rises to the top due to her superb skills and poise under pressure."
-Laura Dokmo Polick, Chicagoland Private Teacher
".. a student who began taking lessons from me at 4 years of age and showed a rare musical ability even at this young age."
-Laura Dokmo Polick, Chicagoland Private Teacher

Influences & Inspiration:
Education: Illinois State University, Normal, IL Graduated May 2017
Bachelor in Music Performance

Work History:
Professional Violinist, Chicagoland Area, IL August 2006-Current
* Performed extensively at various venues including weddings, banquets, night clubs, restaurants, and special events
* Networked with professional musicians in the Chicagoland area
* Experienced performing with acoustic and electric violins
Violin Teacher, Private Studio, Batavia, IL
* Established summer studio of 16 students with various skill levels
* Prepared private lesson plans based on observations of high-level Suzuki instructors
* Organized annual recitals to showcase student achievement
Group Instructor, String Project, Normal, IL
* Prepared group sessions for weekly classes
* Collaborated with co-workers to facilitate individual student learning while working as a group

Activities & Involvement:
Illinois State University Symphony Orchestra, Normal, IL
* Earned the principal stand senior year
* Performed major works such as Shostakovich No. 10, Tchaikovsky No. 6, Dvorak No. 9, Rite of Spring, War Requiem
* Orchestrated violin sectionals to perfect challenging excerpts
* Performed in all musical and operatic productions through the School of Music
Illinois State University Chamber Ensembles, Normal, IL
* Partook in the School of Music's main chamber ensemble, exclusively for students with talent scholarships
* Obtained a principle position for two years
* Enhanced skills by joining coached ensemble groups for six consecutive semesters
Musikgarten Certification Training, Wheaton, IL
* Learned this teaching method through song, speech, motion, music, and organology from class time and observation
Suzuki Certification Training, Stevens Point, WI
* Completed classes and observations to teach the Suzuki method of violin instruction
American String Teachers Association, Normal, IL
* Classified as a member of the largest national organization in America for string teachers
Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra, Elgin, IL
* Attained a spot in the front of the first violin section
* Developed connections with colleagues, directors, and staff to help network with neighboring towns
* Balanced multiple orchestras, private lessons, school, teaching, and gigging
* Gained valuable experience performing in major cities on the East Coast
Tri-M Music Honor Society, Batavia, IL
* Provided musical leadership and philanthropic service
Suzuki Institute, Stevens Point, WI
* Worked with elite teachers and performers to help enhance orchestral, technical, and individual performance skills
* Performed in honors recitals annually

Awards & Honors:
Illinois State University Concerto Competition Finalist, Normal, IL
* Placed in the final four out of 75 graduate and undergraduate students
All Around Best Musician, Batavia High School, IL
* Won annual Concerto Competition performing Violin Concerto in E Minor Op. 64 by Mendelssohn
All-State Honors Orchestra, Peoria, IL
* Achieved the highest level of orchestral placement in Illinois and was seated the Principal Violinist
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Funeral

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Booked on a day notice for a funeral in WI. Incredible talent and professionalism. Thank you so much! Recommended to all.

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Rachael Miller’s Response:

Thank you. I'm sorry for your loss.

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Club Event

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Rachael was professional from the start to finish. She delivered exactly what was promised! Well done!!!

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Rachael Miller’s Response:

Thank you! I had so much fun!

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Wedding Ceremony

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Adding a violinist to our ceremony, was a last minute decision. Rachael was very professional from the beginning. It was easy to book, select songs, sign the contract and finalize the details. With a non traditional ceremony, she knew just when to start playing both selections. Her presence and music added just the right ambiance to our outdoor ceremony. I am so glad I found her and highly recommend her. Best last minute decision.

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Rachael Miller’s Response:

Thank you! It was a perfect day.

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PAST EVENTS
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2018
Oct
21
Wedding Ceremony
Chicago, IL
2:00 PM - 2:15 PM
2018
Nov
4
Anniversary Party
Crystal Lake, IL
12:00 PM - 2:30 PM
2018
Nov
10
Wedding Ceremony
Lombard, IL
2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
2018
Nov
17
Cocktail Party
Mundelein, IL
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2018
Dec
2
Corporate Function
Chicago, IL
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2019
Mar
30
Wedding Ceremony
Homer Glen, IL
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
2018
Oct
13
Picnic
Chicago, IL
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
2018
Oct
13
Wedding Ceremony
Chicago, IL
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
2018
Oct
5
Wedding
Chicago, IL
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
2018
Sep
30
Wedding Ceremony
Chicago Heights, IL
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2018
Sep
14
Wedding
Wheaton, IL
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
2018
Sep
12
Corporate Function
Chicago, IL
8:30 PM - 9:00 PM
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Please note Rachael Miller will also travel to Cicero, Berwyn, Oak Park, Forest Park, Hines, Lyons, Riverside, Brookfield, Maywood, River Forest, Summit Argo, Carol Stream, La Grange Park, Bellwood, Bedford Park, Melrose Park, Westchester, Burbank, Bridgeview, Hillside, Hinsdale, Hometown, La Grange, River Grove, Stone Park, Western Springs, Berkeley, Franklin Park, Justice, Norridge.
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