Rachel Woolf  

flute

About

 

Dr. Rachel Woolf serves as Assistant Professor of Instruction at the University of Texas at San Antonio, where she teaches applied flute and directs the UTSA Flute Ensemble. Under her leadership, the UTSA Flute Ensemble has been invited to perform twice at the National Flute Association (NFA) Convention as well as at the Texas Flute Society and San Diego Flute Guild’s Spring Festival. In 2021, Dr. Woolf commissioned four compositions for the UTSA Flute Ensemble to perform at NFA, three by UTSA alumni composers.

Rachel previously taught flute and chamber music at Brookhaven College and extensively across the DFW metroplex. She has given masterclasses and clinics at University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Oregon, SUNY Potsdam, Lamar University, Baylor University, Oklahoma State 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 at the Texas Summer Flute Symposium, Austin Flute Society’s Festival, and Floot Fire camps. She has also been on judging panels for the Texas Music Education’s Association (TMEA) All-State Convention, Myrna Brown Competition (Texas Flute Society), and VOCE Competition (San Diego), among others.

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Rachel is a member of Dallas based symphonic pop rock band, The Polyphonic Spree, and has toured with them all over North America, 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, she has performed at the NFA Convention five times. 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. She has performed with the San Antonio Symphony, Dallas Winds, East Texas Symphony Orchestra, Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, among others, and spent two summers performing at the Brevard Music Center. She has performed under the baton of such luminaries as JoAnn Falletta, Keith Lockhart, Leonard Slatkin, Peter Oundjian, Michael Tilson Thomas, Jeff Tyzik, Marin Alsop, and Mattias Barnert.

 

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An avid champion of contemporary music, 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). 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. She can also be heard playing principal and bass flute on the GIA Windworks label, Canvases and Offerings, with the UNT Wind Symphony.

Beyond her performances across the United States, she has performed in Sweden, Finland, Russia, Italy, Luxembourg, Germany, France, and England. 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.