Rachael Kerr is an extremely versatile coach and pianist. She has served as rehearsal pianist for COC productions of Barber of Seville, Turandot, Aïda, Hansel and Gretel, Hadrian, Elektra, La Bohème. The Elixir of Love, Rigoletto and The Nightingale and Other Short Fables. She has been part of two workshops developing world premieres at the COC – Old Fools and Fantasma. She was recently the Dora Award-nominated music director for Against the Grain Theatre’s Figaro’s Wedding. Credits include staff pianist positions at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and the Académie Orford Musique since 2017.
Rachael has also been a rehearsal pianist for the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in numerous projects, including world premieres by Brett Dean, Vincent Ho, and Gary Kulesha. Other past rehearsal piano engagements at the TSO include Britten’s War Requiem, Massenet’s Thaïs, Wagner’s Die Walküre, Mozart’s Requiem, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13, and Weill’s Seven Deadly Sins. Rachael also holds a doctorate from Northwestern University, where she was concurrently a faculty instructor in music theory.
She returned to Toronto Summer Music in 2019, performing in the opening night gala at Koerner Hall. This season, she would have served as a rehearsal pianist for the COC’s production of Le Nozze di Figaro and will be on the music staff for Orfeo ed Euridice. She will also be featured alongside the TSO Chamber Soloists in several upcoming concerts, and will return to the Toronto Summer Music Festival in 2021.