Rachel Schmit is an oboist and woodwind specialist currently based out of Lincoln, Nebraska. She enjoys performing solo and with other musicians, teaching a all ages and levels of students, and making oboe reeds- but only sometimes. She enjoys performing a variety of sub-genres of classical music including most everything from Renaissance to Contemporary music as well as new compositions by active composers.
Rachel has been playing oboe since elementary school where she quickly took a liking to making music with others. Throughout middle school and high school, Rachel taught herself saxophone, clarinet, and flute mainly out of curiosity and so she could play other genres of music and formats outside of classical wind band and orchestral, such as jazz and marching band. Rachel enjoys the unique perspective that her instrumental versatility and knowledge affords her.
Rachel earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a minor in Economics from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts in May 2012. During her time at Boston College, she was an active participant and contributor to the BC University Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, and BC’s premier jazz ensemble, BC bOp!.
Rachel completed a Masters of Music in Oboe Performance at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in May 2015. She has performed solo, with large ensembles such as Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, the Lincoln Municipal Band.. the UNL Symphony Orchestra, UNL Wind Ensemble, and in the pit for operas and musicals, in chamber ensembles,
Besides performing, Rachel enjoys teaching oboe, other woodwinds, and general musical concepts of good music-making to students of all ages.
Rachel works full-time as the Band Instrument Manager at Dietze Music Briarhurst where she also teaches private oboe lessons, and serves as the coordinator of the Nebraska Jazz Orchestra and Capital Jazz Society.