Rachael Kerr is an extremely versatile pianist. She has served as rehearsal pianist for the Canadian Opera Company since 2017, most recently as head coach for Bluebeard’s Castle and rehearsal pianist for Gianni Schicchi. She was nominated for a Dora Award as music director for Against the Grain Theatre’s Figaro’s Wedding. Past credits include two recent tours under the auspices of Jeunesses Musicales du Canada, as well as fellowships at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and the Tanglewood Music Center. 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.
Rachael recently joined the faculty of the Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music as a vocal coach and was the music director for Soundstreams’ Garden of Vanished Pleasures. She has appeared in concert with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra Chamber Soloists in addition to serving as the keyboard coach for the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. This summer, she will also be performing continuo and working as a repetiteur for Brott Opera, in addition to appearing at the Orford Music Festival and Thousand Islands Playhouse.