Rachel Ruth Crumbly


crumblyPiano. M.M., University of Michigan; B.M., Wheaton College.  Mrs. Crumbly’s teachers include Daniel Paul Horn, Louis Nagel, Joanne Smith, and Kelley Benson.   While a student, she was awarded the William Phemister prize in piano and the Joanne A. Smith prize in Piano Pedagogy.  Mrs. Crumbly was a full-time lecturer in the pedagogy department at the University of Michigan, where she began her teaching career.  She has taught private lessons for the Academy of Music since 2003.  She has also performed extensively in the Hampton Roads area as both soloist and collaborator, and is highly sought after for her skills as a pianist.  Recent performances include concerts with the Virginia Chorale as well as collaborations with several members of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.  Mrs. Crumbly has also served as the rehearsal pianist for the Virginia Symphony Chorus for most of the last decade and has been hired as a pianist by the VSO in various capacities.  Mrs. Crumbly makes her home in Chesapeake with her husband and their three very musical young children.