Rachel Rudich

Lecturer in Music; Flute
With Pomona Since: 1992
  • Expertise


    The New York Times has written “Miss Rudich plays very beautifully, producing a smooth, silken tone, phrasing with spirited elegance, and operating with a crucial sense of linear continuity that characterizes a polished artist.”

    Known for her performances of compositions in the contemporary repertoire, especially those for flute and electronics, Rudich has premiered works by Pierre Boulez, Elliott Carter, George Crumb, Mario Davidovsky, Robert Dick, David Felder, Karl Kohn, Eric Moe, Mel Powell and Harvey Sollberger. Rudich has appeared with The New Music Consort, The Group for Contemporary Music, Speculum Musicae, Parnassus, The Composers Conference Chamber Players, The Los Angeles Philharmonic New Music Group, and The Fromm Players. Rudich currently performs as a solo recitalist throughout the United States.

    She can be heard on Albany, Bridge, Centaur, Composers Recordings Inc., Electronic Music Foundation, Koch International Classics, Mode, Music and Arts Programs of America, Musicmasters, Neuma, Newport Classic, New World, Opus One, Perspectives of New Music and Sony Classical.

    Areas of Expertise

    • Performance on flute
    • Performance on Shakuhachi (Japanese bamboo flute)
    • Performance Health (Yoga, injury prevention, stress reduction, postural improvement)
  • Work


    • Appearances on flute have included the June in Buffalo Festival, the Composers Conference and Chamber Music Center at Wellesley College, the Lake Placid Institute, the Guggenheim Works and Process Series, the Ojai Festival, the Fromm Contemporary Music Series at Harvard University and The Dartington International Summer School in England.
    • Appearances on Shakuhachi include the World Shakuhachi Festivals in Sydney, Australia in 2008, and in Kyoto in 2012, the Rockies Shakuhachi Camp in Boulder, Colorado from 2009 to 2011, at REDCAT in Los Angeles in 2009, and at Occidental College’s Thorne Hall in 2016 as guest artist with Makoto Taiko.
  • Education


    • B.A., Goddard College
    • M.M. and D.M.A. in flute performance, Manhattan School of Music with Thomas Nyfenger and Harvey Sollberger

    In addition to teaching at Pomona College she is currently a professor of flute at California Institute of the Arts and teaches shakuhachi workshops and private students, as well as courses in performance health, including yoga and injury prevention for musicians

  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    • First prize in the Kreauter Musical Foundation Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chamber Music
    • Artists International Award, which led to debut performances at New York’s Carnegie Recital Hall and appointment to the roster of Affiliate Artists
    • Recording grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Alice M. Ditson Fund, and the Aaron Copland Fund for Music