One of the emerging professional Texas harpists, Rachel Mazzucco has been playing Principal Harp for the Lubbock Symphony Orchestra with David Cho since 2013 and the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra under Jacomo Bairos since 2014. She also plays Principal Harp for community groups such as Ballet Lubbock and the Lubbock Chorale.
Along with her orchestral engagements, she maintains an active performance schedule of both solo and chamber works, specializing in 20th-century music. She is regularly invited to the Dallas area to perform works such as the Durufle Requiem. Though harp is her primary instrument, Ms. Mazzucco also studied voice at TCU, is active in local choirs, and on special occasions, she accompanies herself.
Ms. Mazzucco holds a B.M. in Music Performance and a B.S. in Mathematics from Texas Christian University, and a M.M. in Music Performance from Texas Tech University. She has studied under many renowned harpists, including Susan Pejovich of the Dallas Symphony and Gail Barber of local and international fame. She is currently ABD and finishing her PhD in Music Theory at Texas Tech. Her research interests include studying the interaction of 20th-century music with diatonicism as well as application of music theory to private music study. She has presented her research in local, regional, and international venues.
Rachel Mazzucco has been teaching Music Theory and Aural Skills courses at Texas Tech since 2011, and has recently joined the performance music faculty of Texas Tech as its Instructor of Harp. Pedagogically, she seeks to provide articulate instruction and suggestions, while supporting the development of the student’s personal musical voice.