Rachel Schlesinger, oboe

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Rachel Schlesinger was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi and grew up in Macon, Georgia.  Ever since she can remember, she has loved music, from sitting on her father's lap while he strummed the guitar to sneaking out of bed to listen to his Klezmer band perform in the basement on weeknights. She began studying the piano at age seven and began playing clarinet in middle school band. She finally found her match at the age of twelve, when her band director Laura Voss introduced her to the oboe. She studied under Maestro Adrian Gnam for five years, winning various awards including the Ithaca Premiere Talent Scholarship, the Georgia Music Concerto Competition award, a nomination for the Golden Eagle award, and the John Phillip Sousa Band Award. She currently studies with Paige Morgan at Ithaca College.

Highlights of her budding career include playing English horn in the Ithaca College Symphony orchestra, participating in the 2011 season of Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina and the 2012 season of Rocky Ridge Music Center in Estes Park, Colorado. She has also played principal oboe and English horn in the Ithaca College Symphonic band, as well as second oboe and English horn in the Ithaca College Symphonic Band. An avid chamber musician, Rachel has performed in wind quintets, a double reed trio, a reed trio, and an oboe and string quartet since arriving at Ithaca College, as well as performing the Bach Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor. She also enjoys playing in pit orchestras; credits include Oliver with Running to Places Theatre Company, Baby with Ithaca College Theatre, 1776 with Theatre Macon, and excerpts from The Ghosts of Versailles with the Ithaca College Opera Workshop.

Rachel is a member of the professional music fraternity Mu Phi Epsilon as well as a member of the IC Tae Kwon Do club. She is pursuing a minor in computer science in addition to her music performance major and enjoys reading, aqua Zumba, knitting, and British comedies.