Rachael Stutzman Cohen is a passionate performer and avid teacher of music. She currently holds the position of Second Clarinet with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra, and frequently performs with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra and the Sarasota Orchestra. Previously, Rachael held the position of Bass Clarinet with the Kansas City Symphony. She has also performed with such prestigious orchestras as the Pittsburgh Symphony, Pittsburgh Opera, Aspen Music Festival and Britt Festival Orchestra and been led under the batons of Christoph von Dohnányi, Gerard Schwarz, Tito Muños and James Gaffigan.
Rachael’s passion for chamber music extends beyond Kassia Ensemble, co-founding Trillium Ensemble, a flute, clarinet, and piano trio. The Ensemble premiers many works including those by Federico Garcia, Nathan Hall, Matthew Heap, Mark Fromm, Scott Steele, and David Bennett Thomas. In 2016, Trillium released its debut album, Silent Spring, in tandem with their performance of the Silent Spring Project, part of the New Hazlett Theater’s Community Supported Art (CSA) series.
Rachael enjoys teaching all levels of music students and is currently the Instructor of Clarinet at Fairmont State University, WV. Rachael has also taught at Slippery Rock University (PA) as well as given master classes at Truman State University (MO) and the University of South Florida. Additionally, she maintains a private studio at Johnstonbaugh’s Music Center. She received her BFA and MAM from Carnegie Mellon University, where she studied with Thomas Thompson of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Rachael has also studied with Victoria Luperi, Ron Samuels, Dick Page, Dennis Smylie, and Paul Demers.
When Rachael is not performing, she enjoys cooking with her husband and long distance running.