Program Directors

Rachel Casey

Rachel Casey

Instrumental Music Director

Rachel Casey started her musical journey when she was just 7 years old and eventually attended the nationally recognized, grammy nominated Mt Carmel High School, in San Diego, California. She excelled at the french horn and was a member of the All-Southern California Honor Band for four years, the California All State Honor Band for two years in a row and a member of the All State Honor Orchestra and All National Honor Band her senior year. 

Upon graduation, Rachel received a scholarship to attend the prestigious school of music at Indiana University in Bloomington receiving a B.M. in horn performance. There, she studied horn under Michael Hatfield and Jeff Nelsen of the Canadian Brass and was awarded the opportunity to study horn performance abroad at IES Vienna. 

Rachel has over  fifteen years of teaching experience and earned a Masters of Education in 2018. After graduation, she returned to Mt. Carmel High School as assistant director of bands earning numerous awards and multiple championships over her ten year tenure. 

In 2018, she was awarded a directorship at Helix Charter High School, one of Southern California’s most prestigious programs. While at Helix, the music program has flourished and earned numerous awards over the last several years.     

In addition to public education, Rachel has served as a choral conductor at Hope United Methodist in Rancho Bernardo. Rachel has also served as a judge for the American Drumline Association since 2011. Rachel has her own horn studio and is one of San Diego’s most sought after private instructors. 



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