Los Angeles, California
A Virginia native, Rachel Hockenberry received her Bachelor’s Degree in Horn Performance from James Madison University. She earned her masters degree from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM), where she is a doctoral candidate in horn performance with cognate studies in arts administration. Her dissertation topic concerns teaching horn in El Sistema-inspired programs. At CCM, she held Teaching Assistantships in the music theory department and the horn studio. An active freelancer, Rachel has performed with the Richmond (IN), Kentucky, Lima, Ohio Valley, Blue Ash/Montgomery, and Columbus (OH) symphonies, Orchestra Kentucky, Evansville Philharmonic and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. Primary teachers include Randy Gardner, Liz Freimuth, Tom Sherwood and Abigail Pack, with additional instruction from David Ohanian, Roger Kaza and Duane Dugger.
In 2014, Rachel relocated to Los Angeles, California to continue her freelance career and serve as program director of the Caesura Youth Orchestra in Glendale. Previously, Rachel was the Founding Director of North Limestone MusicWorks, the El Sistema-inspired program of the Central Kentucky Youth Orchestras in Lexington, Kentucky. She also served as Acting Program Director of Cincinnati's El Sistema-inspired program, MYCincinnati, and Community Engagement and Public Relations Coordinator of El Sistema Somerville in Somerville, Massachusetts.