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Rachel Blumenthal

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Flute Instructor

I am a Chicago native, and I maintain an active freelance career here in the city. I perform as a regular substitute with orchestras like the Chicago Symphony, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Grant Park Music Festival. In addition to freelancing and teaching here in Chicago, I hold permanent positions in the Santa Fe Opera and the Sarasota Opera. I have completed fellowships at the Boston Symphony's Tanglewood Music Center, Aspen Music Festival, and National Repertory Orchestra, among others. I teach in the Department of Chamber Music at the University of Chicago in addition to maintaining a lively private studio. Teaching growing flutists is something that I find incredibly gratifying: my current students range in age from 8 to 72! 

I focus on posture and tone production from the very beginning with my students. There is nothing more important than playing with a pure tone and a lovely singing quality! I also put a strong emphasis on counting and technique. My goal is always for my students to be able to count challenging rhythms and figure out tricky passages for themselves: it gives them real confidence on their instruments and makes them feel independent.


What is a highlight from your performing career?

Performing Brahms’ 1st and 2nd Symphonies with Ricardo Muti and the Chicago Symphony in 2017, performing with Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble in the Shed at Tanglewood in 2016, touring Japan in 2017 and China in 2011…I’ve been lucky in my career!

Fun Fact

I collect refrigerator magnets! I love to pick out a new magnet every time I travel to a new place. Friends also know to bring them back for me from their travels, and now my entire refrigerator is covered in almost 100 (!!) really special magnets.


Schools attended

BM University of Michigan 2011

MM Carnegie Mellon University 2014