Rachael Stutzman Cohen
Rachael Stutzman Cohen is a passionate performer and avid teacher of music. She currently holds the position of Second Clarinet with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and frequently performs with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and the Sarasota Orchestra. Previously, Rachael held the position of Bass Clarinet with the Kansas City Symphony. She has also performed with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Pittsburgh Opera, Aspen Music Festival and Britt Festival Orchestra and been led under the batons of Christoph von Dohnányi, Gerard Schwarz, Tito Muños and James Gaffigan.
As co-founder of the Trillium Ensemble, Rachael has been able to explore her enthusiasm for musical collaboration and supporting new music, premiering works by Fernando Benadon, Federico Garcia, Nathan Hall, Matthew Heap, Mark S. Fromm, Scott Steele, and David Bennett Thomas. Rachael is also a member of the Kassia Ensemble, an all female chamber group dedicated to promoting female entrepreneurship and leadership in the arts.
At the university level, Rachael has taught at Slippery Rock University (PA) as well as given master classes at Truman State University (MO) and the University of South Florida. Rachael works with clarinet, saxophone and piano students of all abilities. She received her BFA and MAM from Carnegie Mellon University, where she studied with Thomas Thompson of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Rachael has also studied with Ron Samuels, Dick Page, Dennis Smylie, and Paul Demers.