Rachel Blackburn is the Founder/Executive Director of Voices of Virtue, Incorporated as well as Significant Living, LLC. Her accomplishments in and passion for youth, Music education and leadership have led her down the path of entrepreneurial endeavors. Voices of Virtue, Incorporated was designed to enable underserved youth an opportunity to obtain the necessary resources and education to pursue music careers and performance endeavors. She has served in Hempstead Public Schools for 16 years as the High School Choral Director and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Central State University and a Master’s in Music in Higher Learning from New York University. Rachel’s leadership skills and abilities is a major component towards her success.
A member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated where she serves as Chairwoman for the Arts in her chapter of Theta Iota Omega, and has served as President and Vice President of the New York, Sisters of the Arts Chapter of The Society, Incorporated a national organization whose mission is to support aspiring youth in the Arts. As an accomplished Music Educator, her performance groups have earned International recognition including winning two International Choral Competitions in Verona, Italy and Prague, Czech Republic. Her choirs have also had the privilege to perform in prestigious performance halls such as New York City’s, Carnegie Hall and David Geffen Hall. Rachel recently made her choral conducting debut at the Metropolitan Opera, conducting The Voices of the Underground Railroad choir for Kathleen Battle’s Underground Railroad: A Spiritual Journey performance at the Met and continues to serve as Project Manager for this program.