Michelle Rahn is a native of southern Oregon. She attended the University of Oregon for violin performance until, upon hearing the Walton Viola Concerto, was compelled to switch to the viola. She received her Doctor of Musical Arts, Performance Diploma and Master's degree from Boston University studying with Michelle LaCourse, Edward Gazouleas and Steven Ansell. While attending Boston University, she received the Dean's Scholarship, the String Department Honor’s Award and won the viola prize at the Boston University Bach Competition. Rahn was a participant in the National Orchestral Institute (2008), the International Chamber Music Course in Positano, Italy (2008), the Karen Tuttle Coordination Workshop (2007) and the Jascha Heifetz Music Institute for the Development of Personal Style (2003). Rahn is a faculty member of the University of Oregon School of Music, teaching Viola and Chamber Music. During the summer, she is on faculty at the International Chamber Music Course in Positano, Italy, the Community Music Center Chamber Music Program in Portland, Oregon and the Youth and Muse festival in Boston. Rahn is a strong proponent of new music, having premiered many new works. She lives in Portland, Oregon, where she maintains a private teaching studio and performs regularly with chamber ensembles and orchestras in the Pacific Northwest.