Rachel K. (Grabke) Hallenbeck, age 53, of Braintree passed away unexpectedly May 3, 2019.
She had lived on the South Shore for over 35 where she was the director of music, K-12 for the Braintree Public School System. She started right after college as an elementary music teacher for Braintree and worked her way up to her latest position. She received her degrees from Eastern Nazarene College graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in music education and summa cum laude with Masters Degrees in administration and in elementary education. Rachel is a multi-year recipient of the following national awards: Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who of American Women, Who’s Who in American Education, and Who’s Who in the World. She was currently conducting the Braintree High School Concert Choir, Chorus, and the Show Choir. Her groups were consistently presented with platinum and gold medals at music festival competitions. She was also the training choir conductor of the South Shore Children’s Chorus Sharon Branch founded by her daughter. She had previously been the music director of the Treble Chorus of New England, and had conducted the Junior and Senior Southeastern Massachusetts Schools Bandmasters Association Choruses (SEMSBA), as well as, the Braintree Choral Society. She served on the board of SEMSBA as secretary.
Rachel was an accomplished singer and pianist. She had been the music director for numerous high school and middle school musicals, the Quincy Dinner Theater, Needham Community Theater, the Greater Lowell Music Theater, church organizations, and music camps in the New England area. She had accompanied elementary, middle school, high school, and college performances, as well as, community and church services. She had been the music theory instructor for the Treble Chorus of New England. She offered private voice and piano lessons through the Braintree Continuing Education Afterschool Conservatory. Rachel was also the minister of music for the Quincy Point Congregational Church.
As a mezzo-soprano, Rachel performed for twenty-eight years with the highly acclaimed Tanglewood Festival Chorus affiliated with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops Orchestra. She had been a soloist and has sung on many album recordings, movie soundtracks and television programs with these groups under the direction of Seiji Ozawa, Keith Lockhart, John Williams, James Levine, and Andris Nelsons. She had toured with them to Carnegie Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and internationally on two European tours through England, Scotland, Germany, France and Switzerland.
Beloved wife of Jeffery B. Hallenbeck and loving mother of Kirsten E. Oberoi and her husband Krishan of N. Attleboro, Brianna Shetler, and step-mother to Megan Hallenbeck of NY. Dear daughter of Martha (Schmidt) Grabke of Braintree and the late Ronald Grabke Sr. Devoted sister of Ronald Grabke, Jr., his wife Cynthia and son Ronald, of Braintree. She also leaves her beloved German Shepherds, Quadadi and Maska.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend visiting hours Friday, May 10, 2019, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM in the Cartwright-Venuti Funeral Home, 845 Washington St., Braintree MA 02184 and a Funeral Service Saturday, May 11, 2019, at 10:00 AM in the Wollaston Church of the Nazarene, 37 E Elm Ave, Quincy. Committal Services will take place in NY at a later date.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Rachel K. Hallenbeck Memorial Scholarship Fund.