Rachel Brandwein, DMA, is Professor of Harp at the College of Saint Benedict & Saint John's University, Visiting Professor of Harp at Southwest Minnesota State University, and instructor of harp and piano at Mount Calvary Academy of Music. Among her performing and composition accomplishments are top prizes and grants in several regional and national competitions sponsored by the American Harp Society, the American String Teachers Association, and Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity.
A featured soloist at the Ninth World Harp Congress in Dublin, Ireland, Dr. Brandwein also toured China with the Juilliard Orchestra. Since moving from New York to Minnesota in the fall of 2012, she has performed with members of the Minnesota Orchestra, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Philip Brunelle's VocalEssence, and at the Orpheum Theatre as well as at numerous universities and churches throughout Minnesota. She enjoys performing recitals of original and arranged works with her trombone partner, Dr. David Peterson, in the Branderson Duo. In the fall of 2013, she will tour the Midwest with Trio Matisse (flute, harp, cello) as part of the Allied Concert Services tours.
The American Harp Society has invited Dr. Brandwein to perform a full recital of her own compositions at the 2014 National Conference in New Orleans. An avid composer, she has performed her works for both solo harp and small ensemble, notably at Stony Brook University as part of the Composer Concert Recital Series and Chamber Music Series, on the Composer's Concert at The Juilliard School, at the University of Michigan and Kansas State University, and at Interlochen Center for the Arts where she serves on the harp faculty during the summer camp programs. She has given master classes at the University of Michigan, the University of Minnesota, for The Juilliard School Pre-College harp program, and for the Arizona State University harp studio, among others.
Dr. Brandwein earned degrees from the University of Michigan (BM), The Juilliard School (MM), and Stony Brook University (DMA), and also studied harp and French for one year in Paris and Lyon, France. After performing at her doctoral commencement, she was awarded the prestigious Ackerman Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies for demonstrated excellence in performance and pedagogy. Dr. Brandwein is a dynamic music teacher with the goal of helping each student appreciate and fulfill his or her artistic potential with confidence, fervor, and dedication.