Rachel Schutz

Assistant Professor, Music Performance
School: School of Music, Theatre, and Dance

For Prospective Students

If you are looking for a rigorous and supportive atmosphere in which to develop, hone, and deepen your musical abilities, then Ithaca College is the place for you. Since 1892, Ithaca has worked hard to earn its reputation as one of the top music schools in the country. Please get in touch if you'd like to know more about our program, my studio, and my teaching. During the time of COVID-19, I am still offering prospective lessons over Zoom.

Why Ithaca?

As you look further into our program, we are confident you will find a unique experience that few music schools can offer. Every day, our dedicated community of full-time faculty work to transform talented students into world-class professionals. Students study in state-of-the-art facilities that are as functional as they are inspirational. Over 25 ensembles present about 400 performances each year, both in our concert halls and on tour. Additionally, students live in a vibrant community surrounded by the stunning beauty of Ithaca and Cayuga Lake.

Add to this the fact that our graduates go on to incredible careers in performance, education, composition, recording arts, arts administration, and a wide variety of other music careers, and I am certain you will understand how Ithaca College lives up to its century-long reputation of excellence.

As a Voice Area, we are dedicated to offering students a flexible education with its feet firmly planted in the fundamentals of music training. Students are able to major in Performance (with or without an outside field), Musical Theater, Jazz, Music Education, and Sound Recording Technology, and within these degrees, are able to tailor their musical path to their own desires and tastes. We encourage the exploration of repertoire beyond the standard classical literature, and fully support students as they become diverse artists ready for a 21st century career in music.

The relationship that a student has with their voice teacher will become one of the most formative and important relationships that they develop during their college career. As such, discovering if a teacher and student get along personally, vocally, and musically is of utmost importance. We encourage you, therefore, to reach out to the voice faculty to arrange prospective lessons. Dr. Schutz is happy to conduct prospective lessons in person or on Zoom or to offer email and/or phone conversations. Please email rschutz@ithaca.edu or fill out this form to arrange a meeting. 

Students interested in finding out more about our program are encouraged to explore our website, and in particular to look closely at admission and audition requirements.  If you are interested in applying, please complete our webform so that we can find out more information about you.

We look forward to hearing from you!