Rachel Lopez is currently flutist & piccoloist with the Austin Symphony & Ballet Austin. She has served frequently as principal flute, & has been described by the Austin Statesman as playing with a "gorgeous tone". She also plays piccolo & 3rd flute with the Ann Arbor Symphony in Michigan, a position she has held since 2005. Since 2007, she has performed often in the Austin area with choral groups like Chorus Austin & Panoramic Voices (previously Texas Choral Consort), & recently performed Principal Flute in the Austin Opera.
Before joining the Austin Symphony in 2006, Rachel was a season member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago in 2005-2006, working under Cliff Colnot & guest conductors. Audition highlights from 2004-2016 include playing in finals/semi-finals for flute & piccolo positions for Chicago, Grant Park, St. Louis, Phoenix, Houston Ballet, Milwaukee, Oregon, Seattle, & San Diego Symphonies. She has performed with orchestras like the San Antonio Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio, & Dubuque Symphony. Summer music festivals include the Henry Mancini Institute (CA), Texas Music Festival, International Festival-Institute at Round Top, & the AIMS Festival in Graz, Austria. She was a prize winner for the NFA Orchestral Audition Competition, Mid-South Flute Society Young Artist Competition, & a finalist for the Myrna Brown Artist Competition (2003-2005).
Rachel is very active in music education & has been a private instructor in the Austin area since 2007. She has judged in many student auditions & competitions, such as Region Band & Austin Flute Society competitions. She has given masterclasses & recitals for the Austin Flute Society & Austin Chamber Music Center. She was on the faculty for the Floot Fire Austin summer camp from 2015-2019. As a member of the Austin Symphony, she has participated in Building Blocks, which have various small ensembles perform for elementary school children around the Austin area.
Rachel received her Bachelor of Music in flute performance from the University of Houston, Master of Music in flute performance from the University of North Texas, & Orchestral Studies Diploma from Roosevelt University in Chicago. Her flute instructors include Claire Johnson, Catherine LeGrand, Terri Sundberg, Leslie Fagan, Jean Berkenstock, & Donald Peck.
Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University
Orchestral Studies Diploma
Studies with Jean Berkenstock, Donald Peck, & Leslie Fagan
University of North Texas, College of Music
Master of Music in Flute Performance
Studies with Terri Sundberg
University of Houston, Moores School of Music
Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance
Primary studies with Claire Johnson; additional studies with Byron Hester, Sydney Carlson, & Wendy Bergin