Study at NEC

Los Angeles, California

Dr. Rachel Hockenberry enjoys a busy career throughout greater Los Angeles as a horn performer and music educator. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2014, Rachel has performed with the Santa Barbara Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, Wind Orchestra of the West, Southeast Symphony and numerous other ensembles throughout the region, and has recorded for television series. Before moving to Los Angeles, Rachel was based in the greater Cincinnati area, where she was an associate musician of the Columbus Symphony, 4th horn in Orchestra Kentucky, and performed with the Lima, Ohio Valley, Richmond (IN), Evansville, and Kentucky Symphonies and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. She continues to return to Cincinnati to maintain her tenure as principal horn with the Queen City Chamber Opera, where in October of 2015 she had the distinct pleasure of performing the infamous “Long Call” from Act II of Richard Wagner’s Siegfried. 

Rachel is an engaged and passionate music educator. She incorporates elements of El Sistema - a music education philosophy based on the belief that music is a transformative and fundamental human right for all people - into every aspect of her teaching career. Rachel is a graduate of the Sistema Fellows Program at the New England Conservatory of Music, and has completed residencies with El Sistema programs in Venezuela and across the United States. Upon graduation from the Sistema Fellowship, she became the founding director of Kentucky’s first El Sistema inspired program, North Limestone MusicWorks. Rachel is currently a teaching artist for Youth Orchestra Los Angeles, the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra, and Education through Music Los Angeles, all of which strive to provide high quality music education programs to underserved youth. She is also the horn coach at the South Bay Music Symposium, Notre Dame High School, Harvard Westlake Middle School and Earnest Lawrence Middle School, is on horn faculty at Harmony Rising: A Music School Online, and keeps a private studio of young hornists throughout Los Angeles County.

A Virginia native, Rachel received her bachelors degree in horn performance from James Madison University. She earned her masters and doctoral degrees in horn performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where she also completed cognate studies in arts administration. Primary teachers include Randy Gardner, Tom Sherwood, Liz Freimuth, Duane Dugger and Abigail Pack, with additional instruction from David Ohanian and Roger Kaza.