Clarinetist Rachael Hendricks enjoys a versatile career as a performer and educator throughout the greater Cincinnati area. Dr. Hendricks recently completed a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Clarinet Performance at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, while serving as the Graduate Assistant in Clarinet. Her doctoral research project discusses the pedagogical strengths of numerous clarinet method books, from beginner to advanced levels, which are best suited for the private lesson setting.
As a performer, Dr. Hendricks is sought out as an orchestral and chamber musician, and most recently performed with the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra (Newport, KY). She was selected as a finalist for the 2019 International Clarinet Association Orchestral Audition Competition. The finals were held at the annual ClarinetFest Conference, and she was amongst the top four finalists by successfully advancing to the second round. Dr. Hendricks was invited to perform as a soloist at the 2020 ClarinetFest Conference, which was unfortunately cancelled due to COVID- 19 and rescheduled for 2021.
A devoted music educator, Dr. Hendricks has taught private lessons for over ten years. Her junior high and high school students have been selected for various Ohio Music Educators Association (OMEA) festivals, including District 13 Honor Band, District 13 Honor Band Wind Symphony, District 13 Honor Band Symphonic Winds, All-State Band, and All-State Orchestra. Her students have also been selected for the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) National Orchestra, the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, and accepted into prestigious universities and conservatories including the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Dr. Hendricks has served as a guest clinician at various high schools and colleges, including Moravian College (Bethlehem, PA), Kings High School (King Mills, OH), Randall K. Cooper High School (Union, KY), and Parkland High School (Allentown, PA). In April 2018, she was awarded the Jane Young Scholarship by the Pi Alpha Mu Chapter of the Phi Beta National Professional Association for the Creative and Performing Arts for her talent and dedication to music education.
Dr. Hendricks holds a Master of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet Performance from the Pennsylvania State University. She has studied clarinet with Christopher Pell, Ralph Skiano, Ronald Aufmann, Dr. Anthony J. Costa, and Dr. Deborah Andrus.