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Rachel Woolf, flutist

Rachel Woolf is Assistant Professor of Flute at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), School of Music.
As a multidimensional artist, she regularly explores various genres and collaborates with diverse artists. She is sought after as a soloist, chamber musician, orchestral musician, and rock musician.


Dr. Rachel Woolf serves as Assistant Professor of Flute at the University of Texas at San Antonio School of Music. Accomplished as a multidimensional artist, Rachel is Principal Flute with the Victoria Bach Festival, flutist in Dallas based symphonic pop rock band, The Polyphonic Spree, regularly performs as Principal Flute with the San Antonio Philharmonic, and has performed and recorded with the United States Air Force Band of the West. She has collaborated with diverse artists like Jośe González, Il Divo, Darren Criss, and Swans.


Rachel has performed at the National Flute Association Convention (NFA) eight times, and in the 2022 and 2023 conventions was a featured performer on the Friday Night Gala Concert. Additionally, she has been a featured Gala artist at the 2023 North American Saxophone Alliance Convention (NASA), as well as a performer at the 2023 International Clarinet Association, ClarinetFest, and the 2023 College Music Society’s National Conference.


Actively engaged with programming new and diverse works, her flute and marimba duo, Duo 彩 AYA, has commissioned four new works for flute and marimba for performances across the United States and Japan in the 2023-2024 season. Rachel has been a founding member of multiple new music groups in Ann Arbor and Los Angeles and has premiered numerous new works for flute and piccolo, including Paul Schoenfield’s Psychobird (A Sonatina for Piccolo and Piano) with Paul Schoenfield on piano. She can be heard premiering works by William Bolcom and Jennifer Higdon on the widely released Classical Structures with the University of Michigan Symphony Band on Equilibrium Records. Additionally, she can be heard playing principal and bass flute on the GIA Windworks label, Canvases and Offerings, with the UNT Wind Symphony.


Rachel has given masterclasses, recitals, and clinics at The University of Michigan, The University of Alabama, The University of Texas at Austin, The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bowling Green State University, University of Oregon, SUNY Potsdam, Lamar University, Baylor University, Oklahoma State University, Texas A & M University, Texas Lutheran University, Grand View University, and Central College. She has been a Guest Artist Teacher at Texas A & M Commerce and has given clinics and recitals at the Austin Flute Society’s Festival, Texas Flute Society’s Festival, Texas Summer Flute Symposium, Floot Fire camps, among others. She has also been on judging panels for the NFA Junior Soloist Competition, Texas Music Education’s Association (TMEA) All-State Convention, NFA Collegiate Flute Choir Competition, Myrna Brown Competition (Texas Flute Society), and VOCE Competition (San Diego). 

Beyond her performances across the United States, she has performed in Sweden, Finland, Russia, Italy, Luxembourg, Germany, France, England, and Canada. She received her Bachelor of Music at the University of Michigan, obtained her Master of Music at Bowling Green State University, where she was the flute Teaching Assistant, and completed her Doctor of Musical Arts at the University of North Texas as a Teaching Fellow with a related field in Ethnomusicology. She has studied under the tutelage of Amy Porter, Dr. Conor Nelson, Terri Sundberg, Dr. James Scott, Marianne Gedigian, and Karen Reynolds.


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Spring 2024 Calendar




JAN 19-20       San Antonio Philharmonic

                         Classics 5: Mahler 4

                         First Baptist Church of San Antonio

Feb 2-3.           San Antonio Philharmonic

                         Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone In Concert

                         Majestic Theater, San Antonio 

                         7:30PM / 2PM

FEB 13             UTSA Faculty Recital

                         Performing César Franck's Sonata in A Major

                         UTSA Recital Hall


FEB 23-24        San Antonio Philharmonic

                         Classics 6: Pictures

                         First Baptist Church of San Antonio

MAR 6             Double Flute Concerto with the UTSA Wind Ensemble

                        When the Winds Speak (Cuando Hablan los Vientos) 

                        for two solo flutes and concert band 

                        By Arturo Rodríguez

                        Rachel Woolf and Linda Jenkins, flute soloists

                        UTSA Recital Hall


MAR 10           Salon Concerts

                         Austin, Texas


MAR 11           Salon Concerts

                        Austin, Texas


MAR 22-23      San Antonio Philharmonic

                         Classics 7: Schumann 3

                         First Baptist Church of San Antonio

MAR 30            Guest Artist at UMass Amherst, Flute Festival

                          University of Massachusetts, Amherst

MAY 10-11       San Antonio Philharmonic

                         Classics 9: Brahms and Dvorak

                         First Baptist Church of San Antonio

MAY 31-          San Antonio Philharmonic

JUN 1              Classics 10: Beethoven

                        First Baptist Church of San Antonio

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NOV 27          Duo 彩 AYA, Cycles Recital

                        La Jolla Athenaeum Concert Series

                        La Jolla, California


NOV 22          Duo 彩 AYA, Cycles Recital

                        Encinitas Library

                        Encinitas, California


NOV 19          Duo 彩 AYA, Cycles Recital

                        San Diego Central Library

                        San Diego, California


NOV 17          Duo 彩 AYA, Cycles

                        Recital and Masterclass

                        University of North Carolina Greensboro

                        Greensboro, North Carolina


NOV 16          Duo 彩 AYA, Cycles

                        Recital and Masterclass

                        University of North Carolina Wilmington

                        Wilmington, North Carolina


NOV 15          Duo 彩 AYA, Cycles

                        Recital and Masterclass

                        University of North Carolina Pembroke

                        Pembroke, North Carolina


NOV 14          Duo 彩 AYA, Cycles

                        Recital and Masterclass

                        University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

                        Chapel Hill, North Carolina


NOV 7            Duo 彩 AYA, Cycles

                        Recital and Masterclass

                        University of North Texas

                        Denton, Texas


NOV 6            Duo 彩 AYA, Cycles

                        Recital and Masterclass

                        Texas Christian University

                        Fort Worth, Texas


NOV 2            Duo 彩 AYA, Cycles 

                        Recital and Masterclass

                        The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

                        Edinburg, Texas


NOV 1            Duo 彩 AYA, Cycles, Recital

                        UTSA Recital Hall

                        San Antonio, Texas


OCT 30           Duo 彩 AYA on Texas Public Radio

                        KPAC 88.3


OCT 29           Duo 彩 AYA, Cycles, Recital

                        Victoria, Texas - House Concert


OCT 27           College Music Society

                        National Conference

                        Miami, Florida

OCT 13-14     San Antonio Philharmonic

                        Classics 2: Sibelius 5

                        First Baptist Church of San Antonio

OCT 1             The Polyphonic Spree

                        Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios

                        Denton, TX

SEP 22-23       San Antonio Philharmonic

                        Classics 1: Firebird

                        First Baptist Church of San Antonio

SEP 15            San Antonio Philharmonic

                        Dieciséis Concert

                        Lanier High School 4PM

AUG 5             National Flute Association Convention

                         Avian Innovation

                         Performing new works for flute quartet

                         by living female composers

                         Phoenix, Arizona


AUG 4               National Flute Association Convention

                          Performing Dash by Jennifer Higdon

                          for flute, clarinet, and piano

                          Friday Night Gala Concert

                          Phoenix, Arizona


JUL 8                 International Clarinet Association, ClarinetFest

                           Performing Portrait’s of Langston by Valerie Coleman

                           for flute, clarinet, and piano

                           Denver, Colorado