Rachel Johnston was born in Logan Utah and grew up most of her childhood in Perry Utah where her love for music began. Her training started with the piano at 4 years old and later the violin, but by 6th grade her interests shifted towards the cello. Studying privately, in the public school orchestras, and the community youth chamber orchestra and youth symphony, she honed her skills and was accepted into the music program at Utah State University with Cello Performance. After one year of studies there, her interests shifted once again and later received her bachelor's degree in Exercise Science in preparation for nursing school. Recently Rachel has played in the pit orchestra for USU’s theater productions “Dogfight”, “Next to Normal”, and “Big Fish”. She also performs as a member of the Rock String Quartet and Aspen Strings for small formal events. She has taught in Cache Valley’s Mountain West String Academy as a teaching assistant and small ensemble coach. Presently she is a private cello instructor teaching the Suzuki Method. She is a full time mother of one daughter. Rachel continues to seek out opportunities and accepts any invitation to participate in the musical community.




Thanks to my amazing teachers and mentors through the years, and most of all to my mother who paid for my instruments and lessons growing up!







What's your favorite CHRISTMAS TRADITION?


Baking treats and taking them to neighbors



What's your favorite Christmas song and why?


Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas, it has the most beautiful melody.



If you could work in one area of Santa's workshop, which would it be?


Wood working, I love the smell of wood