A native of Louisiana, Rachel Morgan lived most of her early years in Kentwood. The oldest of four children, she comes from a very musical family. She literally grew up singing and performing at home, school and at church. During Rachel’s childhood and teen years she lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and then in western Howard County, Maryland, where her dad was called to serve churches as worship pastor.
Rachel is a very gifted, multi-faceted musician. She is a remarkable singer. She is also a highly skilled songwriter, choral director, and vocal coach. She has written and performed numerous solo pieces and choral works. She holds a Masters of Music degree in Music Education from the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, and a Bachelors of Music Education from Wheaton College Wheaton, Illinois. She has done additional studies at McDaniel College, Westminster, Maryland, in folk and world music, dance, and art.
Rachel is currently the Choral Director and the Guitar & General Music Teacher at North Carroll Middle School, Carroll County, Maryland. A finalist for Carroll County Public Schools’ “Teacher of the Year 2015” award, Rachel taught elementary school vocal/general music for nine years before transferring to middle school. Rachel also conducts an advanced, auditioned treble ensemble for the Children’s Chorus of Carroll County. Her choral groups have received numerous awards including a “Best Choral Group” at the 2014 Heritage Music Festival in Philadelphia. In the spring of 2015 her choir was selected to participate in a National Children’s Choir performance at New York City’s Carnegie Hall. Another of her groups was selected to tour with Henry Leck (world-famous children’s choir director and publisher) in the European cities of Vienna, Salzburg, and Prague.
Rachel also currently serves as the Associate Artistic Director and Mentor Teacher of Lamplight Artists’ “All About Kids Productions” and has worked on special projects with Lamplight as a performer, composer, trainer, and clinician. Lamplight Artists produces creative arts camps for children around the country.
Rachel volunteers as both a vocalist and keyboardist at LifePoint Church, Westminster, Maryland, where she has participated in mission trips most recently to Ukraine, ministering to young adults and to teenagers/children who are part of the Ukrainian orphan system. Other pursuits and interests include reading, watching movies, kayaking, and hanging out with her family.
Rachel is available to (1) sing special music or an entire concert at your church, (2) to be a featured soloist at your conference or retreat, (3) coach your worship singers or choir, (4) help prepare your choir or worship team for seasonal music (Christmas, Easter, Patriotic, etc.), or (5) write a special worship song for your ministry or special event.
Classical pianist and experienced worship pastor, Dr. William (Bill) Bloomquist has spent a lifetime living out the Biblical mandate: “Whatsoever your hands find to do, do it with all your might.” (Ecclesiastes 9:10). From his early classical training to his strong skills as a church musician, his credentials are world class. His utmost desire is to glorify God with the gifts that were given to him.
Dr. Bloomquist has performed in many of the nation’s major concert halls, including the Kennedy Center, Boston’s Jordan Hall and New York City’s Merkin Concert Hall. His international touring has included Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Portugal, Russia, Spain and Venezuela. The Washington Post has described his playing as “sparkling,” “breathtaking,” and “demonstrating an exquisite sense of vocal phrasing.” The Post review of his recital at the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. mentioned his “deft musicianship and enormous technical prowess…resulted in a cheering standing ovation.” A versatile chamber musician, his collaborations have included cellists Bernard Greenhouse, Leslie Parnas, saxophonist Gary Louie, and clarinetist Charles Stier, with whom he recorded two CDs, which include works by Brahms, Reger and Weber. He won First Prize in the National Symphony Collegiate Artists Competition, the Shreveport Symphony’s Wideman Competition, and the University of Maryland Concerto Competition (his alma mater for his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Piano Performance). He received his DMA in Piano Performance from the University of Texas at Austin. He was also a prizewinner in the New Orleans International Piano Competition and semifinalist in the San Antonio International Piano Competition.
Since 1994 Dr. Bloomquist has also served as the Worship Pastor at Riva Trace Baptist Church in Davidsonville, Maryland. His entire tenure there has been with the same Senior Pastor…a rare milestone in today’s ministry culture. He has seen the church grow significantly while transitioning through the various stages of a church’s normal life cycle. This includes the transitioning from traditional style to contemporary style with minimal negative consequence. He has excelled both as a team leader and mentor to those who have been involved in his remarkable ministry.
Dr. Bloomquist is also very active in his local community. He is the Past President of the Londontowne Symphony Orchestra Board. He serves on the board of the Anne Arundel (County) Music Teachers Association where he is a Past President. In addition he is the Director of Development for “Bridging the Nations Ministries, Int.” a 501(3c) organization focused on missions trips to Cuba. On top of that he maintains a prestigious private teaching studio and is the varsity tennis coach at Annapolis Area Christian High School.
Dr. Bloomquist is available for classical concerts, community concerts, church concerts, conferences, and university Master Classes. For booking information, please click here.