Based in Paterson, NJ, Rachael Diaz is a 16-year-old violist and high school junior attending Passaic County Technical Institute. Rachael has been playing viola since 2014 in the Paterson Music Project (PMP), now working as a Youth Leader. From there, she has played in multiple ensembles, including the PMP Concert Orchestra, PMP Sextet, and NJSO Academy Orchestra. She has also gotten to play alongside the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra and the famous hip-hop violin-viola duo Black Violin. Hoping to become a conductor in the future, Rachael has been a guest conductor for the Ridgewood Symphony Orchestra and the PMP Youth Orchestra.