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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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Fall 2023 Calendar

SEP 15            San Antonio Philharmonic

                        Dieciséis Concert

                        Lanier High School 4PM

SEP 22-23       San Antonio Philharmonic

                        Classics 1: Firebird

                        First Baptist Church of San Antonio

OCT 1             The Polyphonic Spree

                        Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios

                        Denton, TX

OCT 13-14     San Antonio Philharmonic

                        Classics 2: Sibelius 5

                        First Baptist Church of San Antonio

OCT 27           College Music Society

                        National Conference

                        Miami, Florida

OCT 29           Duo 彩 AYA, Cycles, Recital

                        Victoria, Texas - House Concert


OCT 30           Duo 彩 AYA on Texas Public Radio

                        KPAC 88.3


NOV 1            Duo 彩 AYA, Cycles, Recital

                        UTSA Recital Hall

                        San Antonio, Texas


NOV 2            Duo 彩 AYA, Cycles 

                        Recital and Masterclass

                        The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

                        Edinburg, Texas


NOV 6            Duo 彩 AYA, Cycles

                        Recital and Masterclass

                        Texas Christian University

                        Fort Worth, Texas


NOV 7            Duo 彩 AYA, Cycles

                        Recital and Masterclass

                        University of North Texas

                        Denton, Texas


NOV 14          Duo 彩 AYA, Cycles

                        Recital and Masterclass

                        University of North Carolina Chapel Hill

                        Chapel Hill, North Carolina


NOV 15          Duo 彩 AYA, Cycles

                        Recital and Masterclass

                        University of North Carolina Pembroke

                        Pembroke, North Carolina


NOV 16          Duo 彩 AYA, Cycles

                        Recital and Masterclass

                        University of North Carolina Wilmington

                        Wilmington, North Carolina


NOV 17          Duo 彩 AYA, Cycles

                        Recital and Masterclass

                        University of North Carolina Greensboro

                        Greensboro, North Carolina


NOV 19          Duo 彩 AYA, Cycles Recital

                        San Diego Central Library

                        San Diego, California


NOV 22          Duo 彩 AYA, Cycles Recital

                        Encinitas Library

                        Encinitas, California


NOV 27          Duo 彩 AYA, Cycles Recital

                        La Jolla Athenaeum Concert Series

                        La Jolla, California


DEC 15-16      The Polyphonic Spree Holiday Extravaganza

                        Majestic Theatre

                        Dallas, Texas


Spring 2024 Calendar




JAN 19-20       San Antonio Philharmonic

                         Classics 5: Mahler 4

                         First Baptist Church of San Antonio

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 7             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

APR 19-20        San Antonio Philharmonic

                         Classics 8: Mozart

                         First Baptist Church of San Antonio

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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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


JUN 3-10           Victoria Bach Festival

                           Principal flute


                           Victoria, Texas


MAY 5.              San Antonio Philharmonic Cinco de Mayo Celebration

                          with the Guadalupe Dance Company and Azul Barrientos

                          Principal Flute

                          Plaza Guadalupe, San Antonio


MAY 3               San Antonio Philharmonic with Azul Barrientos

                          Old Spanish Trail Cultural Corridor Culminating

                          Series Performance

                          Principal Flute

                          San Pedro Playhouse, San Antonio


APR 27             Symphony of the Hills

                          Orchestral Fire: Tchaikovsky

                          Principal Flute

                          Cailloux Theater, Kerrville


APR 26              Coronation Orchestra 


                          Majestic Theater, San Antonio 


APR 22             San Antonio Philharmonic

                         Pops 3, “Viva la Música!”

                         with Lanfranco Marcelletti Jr and Elena Durán

                         Principal Flute

                         First Baptist Church of San Antonio


APR 7               Performance of John Rutter’s Requiem

                         Christ Episcopal Church, San Antonio


MAR 30            Performance at North American Saxophone Alliance

                         (NASA) Biennial Conference

                         Opening Gala Concert

                         Performing Listen to me as one listens to the rain

                         by Camila Agosto for flute, soprano saxophone, and percussion

                         University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi


MAR 29           Guest Artist Masterclass and Recital

                        University of Alabama



FEB 28            UTSA Flute Studio Recital

                        UTSA Recital Hall



FEB 9              UTSA Flute Ensemble performs at Texas Music Educators                                        Association (TMEA) Convention

                        Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio 


JAN 27-28      San Antonio Philharmonic, Pops 1

                        Charles Floyd conducts “A Celebration of MLK for Dreamweek”

                        First Baptist Church of San Antonio



JAN 23           Guest Artist Masterclass and Recital

                       University of Michigan



JAN 20           Guest Artist Masterclass and Recital

                        Bowling Green State University


JAN 13-14      San Antonio Philharmonic, Classics 5

                        Tito Muñoz conducts Beethoven, Principal Flute

                        First Baptist Church of San Antonio


JAN 7             Symphony of the Hills, “Pops: Western Swing,”

                       Principal Flute

                       Cailloux Theatre, Kerrville




DEC 17           The Polyphonic Spree Holiday Extravaganza

                        Majestic Theatre, Dallas, TX



DeC 1             Symphony of the Hills, “The Miracle of Christmas,”

                        Principal Flute

                        Cailloux Theatre, Kerrville


NOV 18-19     San Antonio Philharmonic, Classics 4

                        Second Flute

                        First Baptist Church of San Antonio



NOV 11           United States Air Force Band of the West

                         Veterans Day Concert

                         Principal Flute

                        Lila Cockrell Theatre



OCT 28-29     San Antonio Philharmonic, Classics 3

                        Principal Flute

                        First Baptist Church of San Antonio


OCT 6            Symphony of the Hills

                       “When in Rome, Inspirations from Italy,”

                        Principal Flute

                        Cailloux Theatre, Kerrville



SEP 27            UTSA Orchestra

                        Solo Concerto Performance of Reinecke’s Flute Concerto

                        UTSA Recital Hall



SEP 6            “Portraits and Emblems,” first faculty chamber concert

                        as a School of Music at UTSA

                        with Dr. Nicolas Councilor, clarinet, and Dr. Tracy Cowden, piano.                            Featuring San Antonio Poet Laureate Andrea Vocab Sanderson



JUL 3              United States Air Force Band of the West

                       Stars and Stripes Fourth of July Concert

                        Principal Flute

                        Southlake Town Square

                        Southlake, Texas



JUN 22           Floot Fire San Antonio, Solo Flute Performance

                        St. Mary’s University, San Antonio 



JUN 11           Viatorum Trio at Culture Fest

                        Deco Pizzeria



MAY 29          Flute Looping with Dancer at MESH San Antonio

                       An Ecstatic Evening of Connection through

                       Visual Art + Dance + Music

                       MBS Yoga, San Antonio



MAY 21         Texas Flute Society, Solo Flute Performance

                      Coppell High School



MAY 4           The Polyphonic Spree performance at Hi How Are You Day

                      ACL Live at the Moody Theater, Austin, TX


APR 23          The Polyphonic Spree

                       Sugar Land, TX


APR 22-23     Musicians of the San Antonio Symphony (MOSAS)

                      Second Flute

                      First Baptist Church of San Antonio


APR 9            Austin Flute Society’s Festival

                      Solo Flute Recital and UTSA Flute Ensemble performance

                      Lake Travis High School


APRI 1           UTSA Faculty Oboe Recital

                      Performing with Erin Webber

                      UTSA Recital Hall



MAR 24-27   Performing as “The Magic Flute”

                      Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte

                      UTSA Recital Hall


MAR 20-21    Salon Concerts

                       Performing music of Nielsen and Farrenc


MAR 19         Southwest Guitar Symposium

                      Performance with Dr. Isaac Bustos

                      UTSA Recital Hall



MAR 6          Solo Flute Recital at UTSA, “Pale Blue Dot”

                      UTSA Recital Hall



FEB 26-27    San Antonino Chamber Choir, “Threshold” 

                     Incarnate Word Motherhouse Chapel


FEB 7           Guest Artist Performer

                     Northeastern State University’s Instrumental Day

                     Tahlequah, Oklahoma

FEB 5           Abilene Philharmonic

                     Substitute Second Flute


JAN 15         Abilene Philharmonic

                      Substitute Principal Flute



DEC 30         Floot Fire’s TMEA Area Prep Class


DEC 18         The Polyphonic Spree

                      18th Annual Holiday Extravaganza

                       The Majestic Theatre

                       Dallas, TX


DEC 4           Abilene Philharmonic

                      Christmas Movie Magic Pops

                      Substitute second flute


NOV 9          Guest Lecture

                     The University of Texas at Austin


OCT 16-17   Performance with The Polyphonic Spree

                     The Kessler Theater, Jutebox Jamboree


AUG 14        National Flute Association’s Convention

                     Around the World: New Zealand to Australia

                     Performing Taheke  for flute and harp by Gareth Farr


JUL 18         Performing with The Polyphonic Spree

                    Sons of Herman Hall, Dallas, TX



AUG 12       National Flute Association’s Summer Series

                    “Celebration Series” Recital

                    Performing Night Music, by Vanraj Bhatia


JUL 24         National Flute Association’s Summer Series

                     Virtual Warm-Up


JUL 7            Floot Fire Virutal Camp, 15-minute recital


JUN 22-26    Floot Fire Virtual Camp

                      Leading Contemporary Techniques Class


JUN 6           Austin Flute Society’s Virtual Festival: Gust Artist Clinician,                                      “Introduction to World Music to Expand your Flute Technique”


JUN 6           Austin Flute Society

                     Masterclass for the Winners of the AFS

                     Young Artist Competition Senior (10-12) and Junior (8-9) Division


MAY 16        Austin Flute Society

                     Judge for the Young Artist Competition, Senior Division


MAY 2          Floot Fire Virtual Soloist Competition

                     Judge, Senior Division


APR 20         Texas Flute Society

                     Judge for Recorded Round

                     Semi-Finals of Myrna Brown Competition


APR 24         Guest Artist Lecture

                     Lamar University on Practice Tips and Techniques

MAR 13        Performance with Dr. Isaac Bustos at the

                     Southwest Guitar Symposium at UTSA


MAR 1          Solo Performance of in the thickets of ivory lilies 

                     New Music Festival at UTSA


FEB 25         San Antonio Symphony

                     Substitute Second flute/piccolo


FEB 12         TMEA All-State Judge for 6A Flute Panel


FEB 5           Faculty Recital, “Stages”

                     with Dr. Tracy Cowden, piano and Dr. Isaac Bustos, guitar

                     UTSA Recital Hall



JAN 28        Tuesday Musical Society of San Antonio

                     Recital Performance with Dr. Tracy Cowden



DEC 1         The Polyphonic Spree

                    Holiday Extravaganza 


DEC 7-8      San Antonio Symphony

                    Substitute Second flute on Nutcracker


NOV 22       Guest Artist Recital and Masterclass

                     Texas Lutheran University


NOV 13       Masterclass at South San High School


NOV 6         Masterclass at East Central High School


OCT 17       Performance with Dr. Isaac Bustos at Texas A&M University


OCT 8         Performance with Dr. Isaac Bustos

                    UTSA Faculty Chamber Recital


OCT 3         Guest Artist Recital and Masterclass at Baylor University

JUL 4          Dallas Winds, Substitute Piccolo

                    4th of July Concerts


MAR 10      Performer for the Dallas Iranian Women’s Association

                   International Woman’s Day


FEB 26        Dallas Winds, Substitute Piccolo


FEB 4-8       Dallas Winds, Substitute Principal Flute

                    Dallas ISD 5th Grade Outreach Concerts


NOV 10       East Texas Symphony Orchestra

                    Substitute Second Flute


OCT 27       Featured Performer

                    Brookhaven College Faculty Showcase Recital


OCT 21       Flute Faculty Recital at Brookhaven College


OCT 7     Performance with The Polyphonic Spree

                The Buffalo Tree Festival

                 Dallas, TX

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