Pianist and composer Rachael Hutchings’s recent performances have included solo piano recitals and collaborations with artists from around the country, featuring both standard classical repertoire and her own compositions. She appears regularly as a guest artist, visiting lecturer, and collaborative pianist.
Rachael's compositional style is at once expressive, approachable, and innovative. Recently, Rachael and her husband, tenor Daniel Hutchings, premiered two of her works on Colorado Public Radio. Her settings of poetry by Rilke for voice and piano were featured on CPR’s “Colorado Spotlight.” Other recent compositions include a setting of the Salve Regina text for SATB choir, the neo-Baroque Willow Suite for solo piano, and Diaphanous Tether for flute quartet. Her scores are available through Veritas Musica Publishing, www.veritasmusicapublishing.com.
Before arriving in Colorado in 2010, Ms. Hutchings was an active performer and music teacher in San Francisco. Ms. Hutchings served as an instructor at the San Francisco Community Music Center and adjunct professor of piano at the University of San Francisco. She has served as an adjudicator and administrator for various student music programs, as adjunct faculty at the University of Denver Lamont School of Music, and is on the faculty of the Lamont Summer Music Academy. Composition students from her private studio have gone on to top college composition programs.
Ms. Hutchings began studying piano in her hometown of Iowa City, Iowa. She earned her B.M.A. in piano performance at the University of Michigan School of Music, and completed a master of music degree in composition and piano performance at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music.
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