Rachel Serber


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  • Chicago, IL
  • Evanston, IL
  • Lake Forest, IL
  • Naperville, IL

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Professional Associations

Civic Orchestra of Chicago, Philadelphia Orchestra, Illinois Symphony


  • B.M in Music Performance from The Curtis Institute of Music
  • M.M in Music Performance from Northwestern University
  • Currently a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago
  • Currently the private trumpet instructor at The Latin School of Chicago



Background & Experience


Northwestern University, Masters of Music Performance Degree: 2008-2010
The Curtis Institute of Music, Bachelors of Music Performance Degree: 2003–2008
University of Minnesota School of Music, Post-Secondary Enrollment Opportunities Program: 2001–2003

Trumpet Teachers

Northwestern University:

Barbara Butler, Professor of Trumpet , Northwestern University
Chris Martin, Principal trumpet, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Charles Geyer, Professor of Trumpet, Northwestern Univeristy

The Curtis Institute of Music:

David Bilger, Principal Trumpet, Philadelphia Orchestra

The University of Minnesota:

Gary Bordner, Principal Trumpet, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra

Additional trumpet teachers:

Mark Inouye, San Francisco Symphony, principal trumpet
Tamas Velenczel, Berlin Philharmonic, principal trumpet
Raymond Mase, American Brass Quintet,The Juilliard School
Kevin Cobb, American Brass Quintet
Louis Ranger, University of Victoria
Manny Laureano, Minnesota Orchestra, principal trumpet
Mark Neihaus, Milwaukee Symphony, principal trumpet,
Ron Hasselmann, Minnesota Orchestra, retired third associate trumpet
Charles Lazarus, Minnesota Orchestra, section trumpet

Musical Experience:

Civic Orchestra of Chicago regular member: 2011-2013
Substitute trumpet with the Philadelphia Orchestra: 2008- present
Substitute trumpet with the New World Symphony: 2008-present
Substitute trumpet with the Richmond Symphony: 2008- present
Substitute trumpet with the Dubuque Symphony: 2011-present
Substitute trumpet with the Illinois Symphony:2011-present
Performed with the Dal Niente Contemporary Music Ensemble:2011
First place winner at the 2010 Schubert Club Solo Competition
New Horizon Fellowship recipient at the Aspen Music Festival: 2010
Third trumpet of the Symphony in C, formerly known as the Haddonfield Symphony: 2005-2008, substitute musician: 2004-2005
Spoleto Festival in Chaleston, South Carolina: 2011
Pacific Music Festival: 2011& 2007
National Repertory Orchestra: 2006
Aspen Music Festival: 2004& 2005
Eastern Music Festival: 2002
Brevard Music Festival: 2001
Arlington Park Race Track, Bugler: August 2011-present
The National Trumpet Competition: First place winner in the high school division: 2002
National Public Radio: “From the Top” solo performance

Teaching Experience:

MusiCorps Member: Affiliated with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago: 2011
Private trumpet instructor at The Latin School: 2011
Private trumpet instructor at Neuqua Valley High School: 2011
Masterclass sessions at Lake Forest County Day School: October 2010
PALS (passes and lessons) Program affiliated with the Aspen Music Festival: 2010
Community Engagement Opportunities Program affiliated with The Curtis Insitute of Music: 2003-2008
Masterclass sessions at Plymouth Middle School in Plymouth, MN: 2003-present
Masterclass sessions at Robbinsdale Spanish Immersion School in Robbinsdale, MN: 2007-present
Guest Speaker “Choosing the right College/University,” affiliated with the Minnesota Orchestra Summer camp: 2003


Recipient of the Margaret R. Rice Scholarship: 2006
Evergreen Musicians Club scholarship recipient 2003
WAMMA (Women’s Auxiliary Metropolitan Musicians Association) Scholarship recipient: 2003
Young People’s Symphony Concert Association of the Minnesota Orchestra Bell Scholarship recipient: 2003, 2002
Schubert Club scholarship winner recipient: 2010, 2003, 2001
Minnesota Emerson Scholar:2002