“A Pioneer’s View from the Stage: The State of the Symphony”
In this talk Childers will discuss the journey that led to her becoming the first female member of the BSO brass section and the trajectory of women in classical music, the current state of the orchestral world and what the future may hold, and reflections on making music around the world with diverse musicians, and the composers, conductors, symphony colleagues, and administrators that inspire her and make her feel the orchestral world is on the right track.
Rachel Childers joined the Boston Symphony Orchestra as second horn at the start of the 2011-12 season, becoming the first female member of the BSO brass section in its history. She occupies the John P. II and Nancy S. Eustis Chair in the BSO’s horn section. Ms. Childers received both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from the University of Michigan, followed by an Artist Diploma from the Colburn School in Los Angeles. She is on the faculty at the New England Conservatory of Music.