In addition to her role as Director of Entrepreneurial Musicianship in New England Conservatory's College curriculum, Rachel Roberts is available to Preparatory students as a flute studio instructor.
Appointed by President Tony Woodcock in 2009 as Founder and Director of NEC's Entrepreneurial Musicianship department, Roberts was charged with designing and leading a major new initiative that would equip young musicians with key extra-musical skills to support their artistic careers. Over the last three years, Rachel has launched a wide range of experiential programs and curricula, including a signature grant initiative, courses on arts entrepreneurship, fellowships, creative performance projects, and more.
Prior to joining NEC, Rachel served as the first Director of Strategic Planning Engagement for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, working on organization-wide strategic and governance objectives. She led the ASO’s grand opening festivities at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, a 12,000-seat outdoor facility that serves as the ASO’s summer home. She also instituted the orchestra’s "new traditions" during the inaugural 2008 summer series, including themed cuisines, Top of the Lawn pre-concert talks, audience text messaging, and Backstage Live intermission features. Rachel arrived at the ASO after completing the League of American Orchestras’ Orchestra Management Fellowship program, working with the orchestras in Aspen, Detroit, South Dakota, and Atlanta.
Growing up in Iowa, Rachel studied flute and piano, which led her to pursue a degree in flute performance at the Eastman School of Music. Through the ESM’s Catherine Filene Shouse Arts Leadership Program, she discovered the full range of professional pathways within the music industry, prompting her to explore a career in orchestra management, beginning as Artistic and Production Assistant with the Houston Symphony. Beginning fall 2013, Rachel will be pursuing part-time graduate studies through the Harvard Graduate School of Education. A student of the Special Studies Program, she will focus her coursework on leadership and organizational change. Throughout her career, Rachel has continued to pursue her passion for flute, and enjoys performing, teaching, and accompanying colleagues across the country.