Dr. Rachel Hockenberry enjoys a busy career throughout Southern California as a horn performer and music educator. Since moving to Los Angeles in 2014, Rachel has performed with the Santa Barbara Symphony, Fresno Philharmonic, Redlands Symphony, Pacific Opera Project, Opera San Luis Obispo, Golden State Pops, Wind Orchestra of the West, Southeast Symphony, Chamber Orchestra of the South Bay, and Downey Symphony. She has also performed with artists such as Billy Idol, Pete Townshend, and Jon Batiste, and has recorded for television series. Before moving to Los Angeles, Rachel was based in the greater Cincinnati area, where she was an associate musician of the Columbus Symphony, 4th horn in Orchestra Kentucky, and performed with the Lima, Ohio Valley, Richmond (IN), Evansville, and Kentucky Symphonies, and the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra. She is principal horn of the Queen City Opera, where in October of 2015 she had the pleasure of performing the infamous “Long Call” from Act II of Richard Wagner’s Siegfried.
Rachel is currently the horn professor at Pasadena City College and Los Angeles City College. Beginning in August of 2018, she will assume the post of Assistant Professor of Horn at Illinois State University.
A Virginia native, Rachel received her bachelors degree in horn performance from James Madison University. She earned her masters and doctoral degrees in horn performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Her teachers include Randy Gardner, Tom Sherwood, Liz Freimuth, Duane Dugger and Abigail Pack, David Ohanian and Roger Kaza.