Instructor of Harp, Interlochen Arts Camp
Professor of Bassoon, Oberlin Conservatory of Music
D.M.A., Harp Performance, Stony Brook University; M.M., Harp Performance, The Juilliard School; B.M., Harp Performance, University of Michigan
Dr. Rachel Brandwein is Professor of Harp at College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University and Visiting Professor of Harp at Southwest Minnesota State University. At her doctoral commencement, Dr. Brandwein was awarded the prestigious Ackerman Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies for demonstrating excellence in performance, pedagogy, and composition. Among her accomplishments are top prizes and grants in several regional and national solo competitions sponsored by the American Harp Society, the American String Teachers Association, and Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity. She was an invited soloist on the Focus on Youth program presented at the Ninth World Harp Congress in Dublin, Ireland, and she toured China with the Juilliard Orchestra. As an avid composer, Dr. Brandwein has performed her works for both solo harp and ensemble, notably at Stony Brook University, The Juilliard School, University of Michigan, University of Minnesota, and at Interlochen Center for the Arts. She has given master classes and performances at the University of Michigan, for The Juilliard School Pre-College harp program, and for the Arizona State University harp studio, among others. Dr. Brandwein is dedicated to helping each student realize his potential for personal and professional growth.