Dr. Rachel Woolf is Lecturer of Flute at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has taught at Brookhaven College and extensively across the DFW metroplex. She is a member of Dallas based symphonic pop rock band, The Polyphonic Spree, and has toured with them all over North America. Dr. Woolf has performed with Swedish-Argentinian indie folk singer José González, Iranian pop legend Aref, multi-platinum operatic-pop superstars Il Divo, GLEE star and Emmy-winning Darren Criss, and has recorded with Grammy-winning producer John Congleton on experimental rock band Swans record, The Glowing Man (2016). Not one to be boxed in by notes on a page, she has sought out an array of opportunities to improvise—from freeform to jazz to Indian ragas. Notably, she was selected to perform traditional Hindustani North Indian flute during the Dalai Llama’s visit to Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Accomplished as a soloist and chamber musician, Rachel was a finalist in the Myrna Brown Competition, semifinalist at the 2017 National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition, and prizewinner at the San Diego Flute Guild and Coeur d’Alene Young Artist Competitions. Additionally, her performances with The Fawn Trio earned a spot in the semifinals at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and special recognition at the Plowman Chamber Music Competition. Equally comfortable in orchestral settings, Rachel has performed with the San Antonio Symphony, Dallas Winds, East Texas Symphony Orchestra, Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Dearborn Symphony, Firelands Symphony Orchestra, and spent two summers performing at the Brevard Music Center. She has performed under the baton of such luminaries as Keith Lockhart, Leonard Slatkin, Peter Oundjian, Michael Tilson Thomas, Jeff Tyzik, Marin Alsop, Mattias Barnert, and JoAnn Falletta.
An avid champion of contemporary music, Dr. Woolf 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). 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. Rachel can also be heard playing principal and bass flute on the GIA Windworks label, Canvases and Offerings, with the UNT Wind Symphony.