Rachelle Puccini

Suzuki Violin Faculty
Program Area: 
Suzuki Education
Private Instruction
With Music Institute of Chicago since: 

Violinist Rachelle Puccini holds a Master's Degree in Violin Performance and Pedagogy from Northwestern University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance from Grand Valley State University. 

Significant teachers and mentors: 

Some of Ms. Puccini's most influential teachers were: her instructor from Northwestern University- Gerardo Ribeiro, her instructor from Grand Valley State University- Dylana Jenson, and perhaps most prominent, notable violinist and pedagogue Olga Kaler.

Awards and achievements: 

As an orchestral musician, Rachelle has played with orchestras throughout the country and abroad, including the Santo Domingo Festival Orchestra in the Dominican Republic, Conciertos de la Villa de Santo Domingo, and the Grand Rapids and the Kalamazoo Symphonies in Michigan. She also joined the Munich Symphony on their most recent US tour and currently plays with the Miami Symphony in Florida, and the Chicago Chamber Orchestra. Ms. Puccini has also built a successful violin studio in Chicago, as well as having served as a violin teacher at the Grandville Avenue Academy for the Arts in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Professional affiliations & activities: 

Rachelle completed her graduate assistantship with Stacia Spencer at the Northwestern String Academy, in addition to completing her Suzuki training with Gilda Barston, Ann Montzka-Smelser, and Patricia D'Ercole.