Rachel White Galvin
Violinist and Violist
Dr. Rachel White Galvin is an up-and-coming chamber musician and soloist in the Southern California area. She received her Bachelors of Music from the University of Oklahoma under the tutelage of Matthew Dane. She completed her Masters of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of California Santa Barbara under the instruction of Helen Callus. She has appeared in concert at the Lincoln Center with the Foulger International Music Festival in their inaugural season. While at UCSB, she played in numerous masterclasses, including classes conducted by Heiichiro Ohyama, Cynthia Phelps, Jerzy Kosmala and members of the Emerson, Juilliard, and St. Lawrence String Quartets. In 2013, she was awarded both the Martin Kamen Fellowship and the UCSB Graduate Dean’s Advancement Fellowship. In 2013, Dr. Galvin was also appointed as the Adjunct Professor of Violin at Santa Barbara City College.
Beyond Classical music, she has a fondness for other musical styles including Modern, Jazz, Irish, and Rock music. She has been very active performing in ensembles such as the New Century Ensemble (OU), New Century Improvisation Ensemble (OU), Jazz Improvisation Ensemble (OU), and the Ensemble of Contemporary Music (UCSB). In the last year, she has had numerous alternative music appearances. She appeared at the Santa Barbara Bowl with Latin pop star, Marco Antonio Solis. She performed alongside her husband and guitarist, Jay Galvin, on the local radio program Live From the Piano Kitchen. She was the featured musician for UCSB Arts and Lecture’s presentation of The Moth Mainstage. Every Thursday evening, she can be seen playing fiddle with the band Dannsair at Dargan’s Restaurant in downtown Santa Barbara.
In addition to musical pursuits, Dr. Galvin is a certified Level 2 CrossFit Trainer as well as Foundation Training Instructor. Her interests extend to helping musicians overcome and avoid playing-related injuries, a frustration with which she is all too familiar.
For more information, visit her website: musicandmuscle.com.