Rachel Despard is a singer-songwriter from Durham, NC. She holds a B.A. in Vocal Performance from UNC-Chapel Hill. At UNC, she studied classical vocal technique and completed a thesis on how recorded music boosts community collaboration, affects visibility for vulnerable populations, and addresses systematic inequalities. Throughout her undergraduate studies, Rachel taught voice with Musical Empowerment while also teaching private lessons. She has worked in the Engagement Office at Carolina Performing Arts and as management assistant for Five Head Entertainment.
Rachel has received state-wide and regional recognition at NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Student Auditions, The Nelson Delgado Latin Jazz Award, and two Mayo Undergraduate Research grants. Rachel and her band perform regularly in venues around the Triangle, including Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro Music Festival, Local 506, and more. She looks forward to meeting new voice and piano students wherever they are in their musical journeys.