Dr. Mary Rachel Maczko is a sought after performer throughout the Southeast and holds the position of English Horn in both the Tallahassee Symphony and the Savannah Philharmonic. Along with these appointments she enjoys regular performances in the Atlanta area, most recently appearing with the Atlanta
Symphony Orchestra and the Atlanta Ballet Orchestra. Rachel has performed extensively in the Southeast and New England and toured much of the Midwest and China. She has appeared alongside artists such as Ben Folds,
Shirley Jones and the New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players as well as with esteemed ensembles that include the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.
Rachel enjoys teaching and most recently led masterclasses at Interlochen Arts Academy, University of Georgia, and Georgia State University. Rachel has taught at Florida State University and Tennessee State University and her high school students have performed in the Tennessee All State bands and gone on to study at prestigious institutions including Harvard University.
Rachel is also interested in alternative music projects and enjoys exploring the role of the oboe in non-traditional settings. As a member of the band Meetings in Secret she performed a combination of funk and jazz music and looks forward to learning more about the electronic genres in the future. Currently she is working to build a chamber group that highlights the music of female composers and addresses the roles of women in music today.
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Rachel went on to attend prestigious music schools, obtaining higher education degrees from Boston University as well as Florida State University. Her primary teachers include Eric Ohlsson, Jonathan Dlouhy, Linda Strommen, and Laura Ahlbeck. Rachel is a member of the International Double Reed Society and is excited to open an oboe studio in her native town, which possesses a vibrant music community.