The Elizabeth Williams Chair 


Violinist Rachel Sandman is currently based in Miami Beach, Florida, as a fellow with the New World Symphony. Previously, she was the associate concertmaster of the Canton Symphony in Canton, Ohio. Ms. Sandman has been a soloist and guest concertmaster with the Canton Symphony and a substitute violinist with the Cleveland Orchestra. In the summer, Rachel performs with the Breckenridge Music Festival. She has attended the Tanglewood Music Center, the Banff Master Classes for Strings and Winds, and the Montecito International Music Festival in past summers.

Rachel is a passionate teacher, especially towards introducing young children to violin playing. She held a faculty position at the Aurora School of Music in Aurora, Ohio, for four years before relocating to Miami Beach.

Ms. Sandman began her violin studies under the Suzuki method at the age of 3 in Queens, New York. After moving to Los Angeles at the age of 6, she continued her studies at the Colburn School of Performing Arts, where she was concertmaster of the Colburn Chamber Orchestra and a member of the Colburn Honors String Quartet.  Rachel earned her bachelor’s degree at Rice University. She completed master’s degrees in Violin and Suzuki Pedagogy and an Artist Diploma at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Her past principal teachers have been William Preucil, Joel Smirnoff, Ivan Zenaty, Cho-Liang Lin, Sergiu Luca, and Chan-Ho Yun.