Trumpeter Rachel Duncan, a native of Plymouth, Minnesota joins the faculty of the McIntire Department of Music at the University of Virginia as Lecturer in Trumpet and will serve as the Principal Trumpet of the Charlottesville Symphony in Fall 2016. Born into a musical family of prominent music educators, Rachel began playing trumpet at age 8. In pursuit of a career in music Rachel was awarded a full tuition scholarship to study at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia where she earned a bachelor’s of music degree under the tutelage of David Bilger. After studying at Curtis Rachel moved to Chicago to study under the reputable professors Barbara Butler, Charles Geyer and Christopher Martin at Northwestern University where she earned a master’s of music degree. After earning her degree at Northwestern Rachel was awarded a position with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago from 2011-2013.
In 2011 Rachel performed and toured Scotland as guest principal trumpet with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and recorded two commercially released recordings for the Dutton Epoch Records label. She has performed as guest principal trumpet of the Charleston Symphony, the Peoria Symphony and the Dubuque Symphony and has performed with the trumpet sections of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Richmond Symphony, Illinois Symphony, Symphony in C, and The New World Symphony.
With regard to chamber music, Rachel is a founding member of the brass ensemble New Chicago Brass. Rachel has also performed and recorded with Seraph Brass, a brass quintet comprised of America’s top female brass players. She has also had the privilege of performing alongside Yo-Yo Ma and members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s chamber music concert series and been invited to perform with MusicNOW, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s new music ensemble.
Rachel has been selected to perform at numerous prestigious music festivals including The Pacific Music Festival in Japan, The Spoleto Music Festival in Charleston, The Aspen Music Festival and The National Repertoire Orchestra. In addition to ensemble playing Rachel has been recognized for her solo performances receiving first prize at the Schubert Club Scholarship competition and the National Trumpet Competition. Rachel is married to jazz trumpeter/composer, Greg Duncan.