SHORT & UNCONVENTIONAL
Rachel Condry was born in Morgantown, WV with an innate interest in justice. Those who know her well often suggest that she would make a good lawyer. Actually, she plays clarinet(s), composes and teaches music for a living, though her interest in balance and fairness still persists. Her work advocates for small sounds, lost or forgotten in the noisy drones of the modern soundscape.
Rachel Condry is an Oakland based clarinetist, improviser, composer and educator. Her musical interest span from pop to classical to free improvisation to acousmatic composition. She is often found collaborating with other disciplines such as art, poetry and dance. She writes open scores and performs with the improvising quartet, Gestaltish who are preparing to release their first album. In 2005, Rachel made her Carnegie Hall debut with The Matt Small Chamber Ensemble, a group that blends jazz and classical approaches with free improvisation. She is also a founding member of the San Francisco Composers Chamber Orchestra with whom she has frequently been featured as a soloist. Rachel is also the principal clarinetist of the Golden Gate Park Band, the oldest civic band in the nation. Rachel holds an MFA from Mills College and a BA and BM from Oberlin College and Conservatory.