Rachael Claire Eid-Ries is a passionate and versatile violist, equally at home improvising in folk-roots or gospel ensembles, performing newly commissioned works, and interpreting traditional classical repertoire. Rachael is also a singer songwriter, having released her first album, Fragrance, in 2012. As a participant in the 2013 Fresh Inc Festival, Rachael performed with members of Fifth House Ensemble at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Chicago Cultural Center, and at the Make Music Chicago Grand Finale at St. James Cathedral.  She returned to Fresh Inc in 2014 to launch The Invisible Change Project, a collaborative album project that features songs inspired by the stories of Chicago’s homeless, to be released in 2017. Rachael graduated from Western Michigan University in April of 2012, studying under Kalamazoo Symphony Principal Violist Igor Fedotov. She received her Masters degree at Roosevelt University’s Chicago College of Performing Arts, studying under internationally known soloist and chamber musician Roger Chase in 2014.