Rachael Hughes is a composer, performer and music teacher from Stillwater, Oklahoma, specializing in modern violin and piano. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, she holds degrees in both Film Scoring and Electronic Production & Design, along with a minor in Video Game Scoring. Rachael is recognized for her amiable personality, emotive string arrangements, and a passion for equipping the next generation.
Music has been a part of Rachael’s life since the beginning. At the age of three, Rachael began playing the piano by ear, picking out melodies and eventually themes from her favorite movies and video games. This passion for film music is what led her to pick up the violin at age 10, eventually using the violin to improvise with contemporary artists, often performing at church and with local bands. By sixteen, she was sitting in on music courses at Oklahoma State University and taking lessons from professors in composition, violin and piano performance. In 2016, she was accepted into Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts and graduated with honors.
Rachael is an esteemed performer and recording musician, her strings being heard on dozens of commercially released works by artists around the world. She has performed for Howard Shore in his own Lord of the Rings Symphony at Boston Symphony Hall, and in the spring of 2021, toured across the Northeast with Circuit Rider Music. In the summer of 2019, Rachael was chosen to work as an intern at Sparks & Shadows studios alongside film composer Bear McCreary in Los Angeles, most known for his music in Lord of the Rings: Rings of Power, The Walking Dead, and God of War: Ragnarok. During this time, she worked on multiple projects, audio mastering, and music editing.
Currently, she is a student in Mercy Culture’s Spiritual Leadership School, working on releasing her own music and continuing to collaborate with artists virtually.