Artistic Director and Founder of Six Degree Singers
Rachel Carlson is the Director of Choral Activities at Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV, where she conducts the Shepherd University Chamber Singers, Camerata soprano/alto choir, and Masterworks Chorale and teaches choral methods, conducting, and voice. In 2014, she was nominated for a Wammie (Washington Area Music Award) for best Classical Conductor/Director. Dr. Carlson presents workshops and masterclasses in schools throughout the region and is in demand as a clinician, adjudicator, presenter, and guest conductor. She has toured the country and the world as a freelance professional choral singer and soprano soloist with many top professional ensembles, including the Oregon Bach Festival, True Concord Voices and Orchestra, Vox Humana, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Washington Master Chorale, Washington Bach Consort, Conspirare, Manhattan Chorale, and Germany’s Bach Ensemble Helmuth Rilling. Visit www.rachel-carlson.com for more information.
Associate Artistic Director and Accompanist
Marc Donnelly holds degrees from Bowdoin College in Mathematics, Music, and Teaching. He received a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Oklahoma and completed coursework for a Ph.D. in Music History and Theory. He is trained in music pedagogy, including keyboard performance, individual and ensemble vocal instruction, and music analysis. Mr. Donnelly has worked extensively organizing chamber music for the Bowdoin International Music Festival and has experience teaching from the elementary to collegiate levels, lecturing courses in music history, music theory, aural skills acquisition, piano and voice lessons. He currently serves as the Artistic Director for the Renaissance Singers of Annapolis.
Please visit www.marcsdonnelly.com for more information.
Assistant Artistic Director
Krystle Hutton is a general music and chorus teacher for Montgomery County Public Schools in Rockville, MD. She is currently completing a Master of Music Education at the Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University, and pursuing a professional solo career as an opera singer. Krystle has experience directing choirs of various ages, early childhood music, general music, vocal camps, and providing private music instruction on guitar, piano, and voice. Krystle graduated magna cum laude from Frostburg State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Vocal Performance and a minor in Spanish. While at Frostburg, she toured in China with the University Chamber Choir, performed with the University Chorale, Gospel Choir, Jazz Ensemble, and Opera Theater. Krystle also holds a Master of Business Administration and Master of Science in Nonprofit and Association Management from the University of Maryland University College and has professionally recorded with record producer Thomas Johansen who has worked with numerous artists including Coolio and Bruno Mars.