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UConn Alumna Rachel Feldman appointed Professor at Connecticut College

Congratulations to Rachel Feldman (BA '17) on her appointment at Connecticut College.

Conductor and mezzo-soprano Rachel Feldman joins Connecticut College as the director of Chorale and Camel Heard for the 2019-2020 academic year while Professor Wendy Moy is on sabbatical. Rachel was also appointed assistant to the director of choral ensembles at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, MA. Rachel recently earned her master’s degree in choral conducting from Westminster Choir College under the tutelage of Dr. Joe Miller, Dr. Amanda Quist, and Margaret Cusack. During the 2018 – 2019 season, she acted as graduate assistant conductor for the world-renowned Westminster Choir, assisting in the preparation of the choir’s performances and tours throughout China and Texas, ACDA’s national conference and Spoleto Festival USA. Rachel was also appointed to the faculty at Westminster’s 2019 High School Vocal Institute where she conducted the treble choir and taught advanced music theory. 

As a Connecticut native, Rachel began her musical training with the Elm City Girls’ Choir in New Haven. She has since returned to the organization to conduct on tours to Canada, China, and during their annual summer camp. Rachel received her bachelor’s at the University of Connecticut where she studied conducting with Dr. Jamie Spillane and voice with Meredith Ziegler. While at UConn, she assisted in conducting the Festival Chorus and the choir at Storrs Congregational Church. 

In addition to conducting, Rachel remains active as a singer. At Westminster, she was a featured member of Westminster Choir, Westminster Symphonic Choir and Westminster Kantorei. She currently performs with the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir, the professional choir for the Philadelphia Orchestra. Recent solo work includes Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles, J.S. Bach Cantata 45, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.

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