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Rachel Czech

St. Louis, MO      

Student teaching in St. Louis in the spring of 2013 invigorated Rachel Czech to continue to discover, teach, and introduce others to creating and experiencing classical and new music. Rachel graduated in May 2013 from the University of Missouri and holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Instrumental Music Education with Education Departmental Honors. Applying her strong background in education and educational research, she wishes to instill her eagerness to explore both old and new music styles to unfamiliar listeners through private lessons and educational performance programs.

Currently continuing her education at the University of Missouri, she is now pursuing her Master’s degree in cello performance while performing with the New Music Ensemble under the direction of Stefan Freund. As a member of the New Music Ensemble, Rachel has many opportunities to promote and perform new music from University of Missouri faculty and composition students as well as work with some of the world’s leading composers and interpreters of new music such as Nico Muhly, Paul Steinbeck, Andrew Norman, and John Orfe from Alarm Will Sound. This past summer, Rachel was a student at the Brevard Music Center where she worked and performed with leading musicians such as Susannah Chapman, Rune Bergmann, David Dzubay, The Shanghai String Quartet, and International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE).

Additionally, Rachel travels as a freelance cellist to perform and collaborate with musicians throughout the states of Illinois and Missouri. After graduating with her MM and a Graduate Music Entrepreneurship Certificate in May 2016, Rachel wishes to continue her education while maintaining her freelance performing schedule and her private studio.

Forge Ahead by Justin Pounds

With awarded funding from the Mizzou New Music Initiative, Rachel commissioned Forge Ahead, a cello quartet, by Justin Pounds. It was premiered on April 25, 2015 with three of herown private cello students from the University of Missouri’s Community Music Project. The part writing is energetic, featuring harmonics, extended techniques, and an eastern-inspired scale. This live performance was recorded on April 26, 2015 during the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Student Composers Concert honoring the retirement of Dr. William McKenney.

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