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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

FALL 2022

"Meliora"

October 1, 2022

University of Rochester Chamber and Symphony Orchestras

Strong Auditorium . University of Rochester, NY

7.30 pm EST

University of Rochester Chamber Orchestra

Quinn Mason, Toast of the Town Overture

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Capriccio Espagnol

University of Rochester Symphony Orchestra

Maurice Ravel, Bolero

Michael Daugherty, Red Cape Tango

Johann Strauss II, arr. Paul Desenne, Tritsch Tratsch Polka, Triqui-Traqui

"Nordic Landscapes"

December 3, 2022

University of Rochester Symphony Orchestra

Strong Auditorium . University of Rochester, NY

8.00 pm EST

Niels Gade, Echoes of Ossian Overture

Jean Sibelius, Symphony No. 1

December 8, 2022

University of Rochester Chamber Orchestra

Memorial Art Gallery . Rochester, NY

6:00-8:30 pm EST

In Collaboration with the Memorial Art Gallery

and the Country Dancers of Rochester

A Bridgerton-Inspired evening of Music, Art, and Dance

featuring music from Bridgerton

and works by Nannette Stein Streicher, Maria Theresa von Paradis,

Ignatius Sancho, and Ludwig van Beethoven.

December 10, 2022

University of Rochester Chamber Orchestra

Strong Auditorium . Rochester, NY

8.00 pm EST

In Collaboration with the Memorial Art Gallery

and the Geneseo Symphony Orchestra

Gioachino Rossini, Overture to William Tell

Chevalier de Saint-Georges, Sinfonia No. 1 in G Major

Dr. Leah McGray, Conductor

Ludwig van Beethoven, Arr. José Ramón Hernández, 12 Contradanses arranged for full orchestra

Emilie Mayer, Symphony No. 2 in e minor

 

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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