Rachel Phillips

About Me

           Rachel is pursuing her master’s degree in clarinet performance at Colorado State University where she studies with Dr. Wesley Ferreira. As a student at CSU, she performs with the Wind Symphony, Pit Orchestra, and Clarinet Ensemble. Rachel has attended multiple music summer programs including the Aria International Summer Academy, Colorado State University’s Lift Clarinet Academy, and the University of Michigan’s MPulse Clarinet Institute. Prior to moving to Fort Collins, Rachel graduated summa cum laude from the University of North Texas where she earned her bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance studying with Dr. Kimberly Cole Luevano. As a student at UNT, she performed as a member of the North Texas Wind Symphony. Rachel performed with the ensemble at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention in February 2019 and the National Trumpet Competition in March 2018. She can also be heard on the ensemble’s recordings from the last year, including on the album entitled Hope (GIA Publications, 2019). Before joining the Wind Symphony, Rachel was a member of the Symphonic Band and was a part of the ensemble’s recording sessions with composers Frank Ticheli and Julie Giroux. She is one of the bass clarinetists on the Symphonic Band’s album entitled Shine (Klavier Music Productions, 2018). Rachel performed with a variety of chamber ensembles during her time at UNT. Most notably, she was a member of the LEAD Clarinet Quartet, which was named the second-place woodwind chamber ensemble at the 2018 UNT Chamber Music Studies Competition. In addition to her clarinet studies, Rachel also minored in business management while at UNT and was the third-place winner in the undergraduate division of UNT's inaugural Music Entrepreneurship Competition in April 2017. As an educator, Rachel is a staff member for the CSU Marching Band, where she serves as a music and visual tech. She is also a faculty member of the Junior Lift Clarinet Academy. While at UNT, she taught clarinet lessons and sectionals in Fort Worth, Texas.

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