Our director, Rachel Pack
Rachel Pack grew up in Auburn, WA in a close-knit family. Singing in choirs since fourth grade, Rachel knew she wanted to teach music in sixth grade when her choral director let her be a section leader.
In high school, Rachel was in the chamber, concert, jazz, and a cappella choirs. Recognizing her love of music, Rachel’s choir director, Karen (Frerichs) Caldwell, gave her the opportunity to teach the beginning level choir and direct them in concert. She also put Rachel in touch with the principal of a nearby middle school; there Rachel established and ran an after-school choir club during her junior and senior years of high school.
Rachel received her Bachelors Degree in Music Education, with an emphasis in Choral Music, from Pacific Lutheran University in 2014. She currently is living her dream of teaching high school choir at Tahoma High School in Maple Valley, WA. The program has two choir teachers and about 300 students. She LOVES her job and her students!
Rachel was introduced to barbershop music in high school, and immediately fell in love with the genre and the community. Her first barbershop quartet was The Four Get Me Nots, which won a wildcard spot by virtue of their high regional competition score, and competed at the 2015 Sweet Adelines International competition in Las Vegas, NV.
Currently, Rachel sings tenor with Renegade Quartet, which placed 2nd in the North by Northwest Region 13 competition in 2017 and 11th internationally in Las Vegas that same year, where they had the honor of mic testing for the quartet finals competition. That placement means they will automatically be competing at the 2018 Sweet Adelines International this October in St. Louis, MO. Renegade also won the Northwest Harmony Sweepstakes in 2017, and competed nationally in California. They are a popular performing quartet in the Region 13 area, and have been special guests at workshops and numerous chapter shows.
Additionally, Rachel has the honor of being the 2018 head clinician for Harmony Explosion Northwest, three days full of barbershop education and fun for young men and women, ages 12 to 21. HX, as it's known, offers these young men and women vocal instruction at an affordable price; an opportunity to sing with and learn from talented performers; a crash course in the intricacies of four and eight-part, a cappella harmony; and, the opportunity to learn about singing technique and stage presence.
Rachel currently lives in University Place, WA with her pet betta fish, Tony. When not singing with her quartet or chorus, or practicing other music, you might find her identifying spiders, painting, crocheting, playing pool, singing karaoke, or watching nerdy SciFi shows.
Jet Cities is proud to call Rachel our director. Come and see her in action; visit a rehearsal soon!