Rachael Young is the Principal Bassoonist of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and Springfield Symphony Orchestra, and a member of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus. She is also the Principal Bassoonist of the Shippensburg Festival Orchestra.
Rachael has maintained an active and varied orchestral career, holding positions with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, Tuscaloosa Symphony, Kentucky Symphony, and Symphony of Southeast Texas in addition to performing with the Cincinnati Symphony, Columbus Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Louisville Orchestra, Rochester Philharmonic, Chicago Sinfonietta and many others. She has also performed as a soloist with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.
As a chamber musician, Rachael won a silver medal at the 2008 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, has performed at the Kennedy Center, and was invited as a fellow to Yale’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. She also received the John Celentano Award for Excellence in Chamber Music from the Eastman School of Music.
Alongside performing, Rachael has always maintained a passion for outreach and education. In addition to teaching Bassoon at NKU and Xavier University, she performs over 90 in-school educational concerts a year as a member the DPO Wind Quintet, reaching students all over the greater Dayton and Southwest Ohio region. She has also participated in the Dayton Performing Art’s Alliance Spark Program, using music to enhance core curriculum in kindergarten classrooms.
Rachael graduated from the Eastman School of Music as a student of John Hunt, and Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music as a student of Benjamin Kamins.