Rachel (McAleer) Holloway

Rachel McAleer Violin Lessons

Teaching Artist - Violin


Rachel (McAleer) Holloway is a Violin Teaching Artist at Mason Community Arts Academy in Fairfax, Virginia. At the Academy, Rachel has a committed private studio of beginning, intermediate, and advanced violin students. In addition to teaching private lessons, Rachel teaches group classes for beginning violinists. Rachel co-directs Violin Bootcamp, a two week intensive summer camp for intermediate and advanced violinists. Rachel enjoys performing in the Washington, DC area. She regularly plays with the Arlington Philharmonic, the McLean Orchestra, and the Pan American Symphony Orchestra. With PASO, she has performed in many wonderful venues, including the Kennedy Center, the Library of Congress, and Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University.

In May 2016, Rachel completed a Master of Music program in Violin Performance at George Mason University. While at GMU, Rachel studied with June Huang and was concertmaster of the Mason Symphony Orchestra. In April 2016, Rachel gave a solo recital at the United Christian Parish in Reston, VA.

Rachel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Violin Pedagogy from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where her primary instructors were Mimi Zweig and Dr. Brenda Brenner. While at IU, Rachel studied the methodology of pedagogues, Paul Rolland and Shinichi Suzuki. These influential violin teachers greatly enhance Rachel’s teaching style. While studying at IU, Rachel was a lead teacher for the Fairview Elementary Violin Project, a music program for underserved children in Bloomington, IN. She also taught supplemental lessons at the IU String Academy. From 2008-2012, she was a member of the IU symphony orchestras, performing in a vast array of orchestral, operatic, and ballet performances. In 2010, Rachel performed a solo recital at Ford Theater at Indiana University. In 2012-2013, Rachel taught elementary general music, elementary violin class, and middle school string orchestra at KIPP DC public charter school in Washington, D.C.

Rachel is committed to developing professionally as a teacher and performer. She is an active member of the American String Teachers Association and is on the board of the Virginia chapter of American String Teachers Association. One of her duties as a VASTA board member is to produce and publish ‘Fingerboard’ e-newsletters for the string teaching community of Virginia. In 2015, 2014 and 2012, Rachel attended the national conferences for the American String Teachers Association.


Email academy@gmu.edu or call the office at 703-993-9889 for more information about Rachel McAleer.