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To create shared musical experiences, where everyone feels inspired and welcome, I imagine a future where orchestras, our programs, and audiences reflect, align, and ally with our communities.

BIO

American conductor Rachel Waddell is in the business of shared experiences. She became a conductor because of her own love of the process of music creation, and she wants to enable as many as possible to share their own stories through music.

 

She believes 21st century orchestras have an opportunity to mirror the American people through diverse programs, orchestras, and audiences, and she is passionately committed to bringing that vision to fruition. She prides herself in her ability to grow orchestras and their resources, on her innovative programming, and her ability to build meaningful connections with her community.  

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SCHEDULE

 

SUMMER 2022

W.A. Mozart, Cosi fan tutte

Johann Strauss II, Die Fledermaus Overture

August 27, 2022

Vienna Opera Academy

Opera Conductor Masterclass with Toby Purser

Wien Festspielorchester

Palais Pálffy . Vienna, Austria

7:30 pm CET

Tickets available for purchase here.

FALL 2022

"Meliora"

October 1, 2022

University of Rochester Chamber and Symphony Orchestras

Strong Auditorium . University of Rochester, NY

8.00 pm EST

"Nordic Landscapes"

December 3, 2022

University of Rochester Symphony Orchestra

Strong Auditorium . University of Rochester, NY

8.00 pm EST

December 8, 2022

University of Rochester Chamber Orchestra

Memorial Art Gallery . Rochester, NY

8.00 pm EST

In Collaboration with the Memorial Art Gallery

and Country Dancers of Rochester

December 10, 2022

University of Rochester Chamber Orchestra

Strong Auditorium . Rochester, NY

8.00 pm EST

In Collaboration with the Memorial Art Gallery

and Country Dancers of Rochester

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PRESS

"A conductor of creativity and courage, worthy of high praise."

SEMI-FINALIST / VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE (PERFORMING REMOTELY) / 2021-22

3RD PLACE NATIONAL WINNER / VYTAUTAS MARIJOSIUS MEMORIAL AWARD IN ORCHESTRAL PROGRAMMING / 2019-20

2ND PLACE NATIONAL WINNER / VYTAUTAS MARIJOSIUS MEMORIAL AWARD IN ORCHESTRAL PROGRAMMING / 2019-20

"Reimagining Beethoven" Wins 2021 Best Instrumental Performance

"Conductor inspires students to challenge selves, society."

"MUSICIANS OF ROCHESTER" / READ THE ARTICLE / LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW

"At once spunky and intimate, it was as if she thoughtfully absorbed every musical passage — whether calm and enchanting, or turbulent — and at the same time seemed to pour every note back into the ensemble. It was a sensibility eagerly reciprocated by the orchestra as it responded with marvelous tonal depth and palpable exuberance."

TOM WACHUNAS / CLEVELAND CLASSICAL / READ THE REVIEW

 

MEDIA

Reimagining Beethoven's Choral Fantasy

Fall 2020:
UR Orchestras Virtual Gala and Fundraiser

CONTACT

Seeking like-minded people and orchestras to change our world.

Let's chat!

 
 

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