An ever evolving creative artist, clarinetist Rachel Soong continuously strives to bring something fresh to the stage. With a special focus on new music and collaborating with Canadian composers of today, she is found at world premieres across Canada and the United States.
A dedicated chamber musician, Rachel is extremely enthusiastic when it comes to playing in, and exploring new instrumentations. Having traveled to New York City for the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival at the Juilliard School, as well as to Lincoln, NE for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's Chamber Music Institute, she has sought specialized training to bring the magic of such an intimate performance setting alive.
In addition to chamber music performances, Rachel has had the pleasure of performing as a member of larger ensembles, including the Strauss Symphony of Canada at the Winspear Centre, and the pit orchestra for the Edmonton Citadel Theatre's production of The Sound of Music. A knack for different styles, she has doubled on saxophone and oboe for musical theatre shows such as Mary Poppins, Cats, Kiss Me Kate, and Urinetown, as well as performed at the Rex in Toronto, ON with a jazz chamber group.
A native of Edmonton, AB, Rachel holds a Master of Music in Clarinet Performance from the University of Toronto, and both a Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Secondary Education from the University of Alberta. Her major teachers have included Charles Hudelson, Joseph Orlowski, and Max Christie. Rachel has also had the pleasure of performing in numerous master classes, with artists such as James Campbell, Fred Ormand, the Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet, the Chiara String Quartet, and Imani Winds.
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