A Virginia native, Rachel Hockenberry received her Bachelor’s degree in horn performance from James Madison University and her Master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM). She is currently a doctoral candidate at CCM in horn performance with cognate studies in arts administration.  Rachel is an active freelance musician throughout the tristate area, performing with the Richmond (IN), Kentucky, Lima, Ohio Valley, and Columbus (OH) symphonies; Orchestra Kentucky; and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.  Primary teachers include Randy Gardner, Liz Freimuth, Duane Dugger and Abigail Pack, with additional instruction from David Ohanian and Roger Kaza.

Rachel’s passion for teaching began at age 15 when she became a private music teacher and gymnastics coach.  She is currently the horn teacher in the Milford Exempt School District in Milford, Ohio.  At CCM, she has held Teaching Assistantships in the music theory department and the horn studio.  She has completed administrative internships with Cincinnati chamber music ensemble Concert:Nova, and OrchKids, an El Sistema-inspired program in Baltimore, MD.  Rachel’s OrchKids experience resulted in her overpowering love for the Sistema philosophy.  She is currently a teacher and volunteer with MYCincinnati, a youth music program created by 2011 Fellow Laura Jekel.