Rachel O'Connor is a classically trained French horn player from Toronto, Ontario, currently living and working in Los Angeles.
Since graduating in 2016, Rachel has been enjoying an active freelancing career in Los Angeles, having appeared with numerous regional orchestras, opera companies and musical theatre productions. Some of these credits include the American Youth Symphony, Dream Orchestra, Valencia Symphony, Claremont Concert Orchestra, Center Stage Opera, Opera by the Glass, and the UCLA Philharmonia. She has also recorded on several film scores, sessions and live music videos.
Rachel has performed in many styles, from classical to contemporary to jazz throughout North and South America, as well as Europe.
In 2015 and 2016, Rachel had the pleasure of performing with the National Academy Orchestra of Canada, Canada's only professional training orchestra, and the resident orchestra of the country's largest orchestral music festival, the Brott Festival. She has also attended and performed at music festivals domestically and internationally, such as Bar Harbor Brass week, Semana de la Trumpet Peruana, Musikallpa "Festival Internacional de instrumentos de Metal del Peru", Pacific Region International Summer Music Academy , Domaine Forget and Klangspuren Schwaz.
She is also passionate about education, holding teaching positions with the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra and UCLA’s Music Outreach Program.
Rachel earned her bachelor’s degree in Trumpet Performance from the University of Toronto, studying with Barton Woomert, Jeff Reynolds and Jim Spragg. At the end of her undergraduate degree, Rachel decided to alter her path slightly and pursue the French Horn as her main instrument. She studied at California Institute for the Arts with Robin Graham Elias in 2013 and graduated from UCLA in June 2016 with a Master’s degree in Performance, having studied with Amy Sanchez.