Graduate Students

Rachel Gibson

CCT (Composition & Computer Technologies)



Rachel Gibson is a percussionist and music technologist from Tower City, Pennsylvania. She is currently attending the University of Virginia to pursue a Ph.D. in Music Composition and Computer Technologies. 

Rachel studied percussion with Michael Rosen and Bob Nowak and computer music with Aurie Hsu and Abby Aresty. She completed additional computer music studies with Edgar Berdahl and Stephen Beck. Rachel has performed in the Oberlin Percussion Group, Oberlin Orchestra, Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the Oberlin Improvisation and New-Music Collective (OINC). She was the recipient of the Avedis Zildjian Conservatory Percussion Award, the Oberlin College Research Fellowship, the Presser Award, a National Science Foundation REU Fellowship, the SEAMUS Allen Strange Award, and the Phi Kappa Lambda Prize. Rachel has presented her work at the NIME, TEI, and SEAMUS conferences. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree at Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Percussion Performance and Technology in Music and Related Arts (TIMARA).

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