Rachel Messing is a freelance oboist in Arizona where she recently completed her doctorate at Arizona State University with professor Martin Schuring. Dr. Messing currently performs regularly with the Tucson Symphony, Arizona Philharmonic, True Concord Voices and Orchestra, Prescott Pops Symphony, West Valley Symphony, and the Tucson Pops Orchestra. She has also performed with the Phoenix Symphony, Las Cruces Symphony, Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and the Allen (Texas) Philharmonic. In these orchestras, she has had the opportunity to play in the oboe section as principal, second, English horn, as well as bass oboe. Her popular music experience includes performances with the bands Hanson, Mannheim Steamroller, and Johnny Mathis.
Dr. Messing is currently the Adjunct Oboe Professor at Grand Canyon University and Mesa Community College. She has also given performance and reed making masterclasses and recitals at colleges across the country, including Sam Houston State University, University of Arizona, Oklahoma State University, and Northwestern State University. Messing was a solo guest artist with the North East Orchestra of Tarrant County, Texas in 2014 where she played the Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto.
As the oboist of the Arizona Musicfest Woodwind Quartet, she performs across the Phoenix valley playing standard repertoire for elementary students. This interactive program allows the students to explore how composers tell a story with their music using similar techniques as authors do when writing prose. Dr. Messing is also a member of the Grand Canyon University woodwind quintet that has organized programs for high school students to work on wind band repertoire and region competition workshops.
Rachel Messing holds a Master of Music degree in oboe performance from Southern Methodist University under the study of Erin Hannigan and received her Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied with Alex Klein and Robert Walters. When she is not practicing or making reeds, she directs her artistic prowess towards baking.