Rachel Childers joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as second horn at the start of the 2011–12 season, becoming the first female member of the BSO brass section in its history. At the BSO she occupies the John P. II and Nancy S. Eustis Chair. Childers joins the New England Conservatory faculty with the 2015–16 academic year.
Formerly Acting Assistant Principal/Utility Horn of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Rachel has performed with the San Diego Symphony, Long Beach Symphony, Marin (Calif.) Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic, Greater Lansing Symphony, and the Birmingham Bloomfield (Mich.) Symphony.
Rachel received both bachelor's and master's degrees in music from the University of Michigan, followed by an Artist Diploma from the Colburn School in Los Angeles. Her teachers included Soren Hermansson, David Jolley, David Krehbiel, and Louis Stout. She was a Los Angeles Philharmonic teaching artist, one of a select faculty of freelance professional musicians who present and teach music in the Los Angeles Philharmonic's partner schools.
B.M., M.M., University of Michigan; A.D., Colburn School. Studies with Soren Hermansson, David Jolley, David Krehbiel, Louis Stout.