Short & Uncoventional
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 and listening for a living, though her innate interest in balance and fairness persists. Her compositional approach advocates for small sounds, lost or forgotten in the noisy drones of the modern soundscape.


Rachel Condry is a clarinetist, improviser, composer and educator. She recently moved to the western Catskills region of NY state to establish The Center for Quantum Living, an intentional community and retreat based in permaculture design and Deep Listening practice. Condry studied composition with Pauline Oliveros at Mills College and participated in Pauline’s 2011 Tower Ring Project in Geyserville, CA. She became a certified Deep Listening practitioner in 2020 and has been offering in-person and online Deep Listening workshops since. As a performer, Rachel takes a special interest in new and creative music and can be heard in a variety of diverse ensembles and recordings such as the Nathan Clevenger Group, The Matt Small Chamber Ensemble, and Gestaltish. She can also be heard on Roscoe Mitchell’s albums Discussions (2017) and Roscoe Mitchell Orchestra Littlefield Concert Hall Mills College (2019) on Wide Hive Records. In 2005, Rachel played at Carnegie Hall with the Matt Small Chamber Ensemble. She has an MFA from Mills College in Oakland as well as a BA and a BM from Oberlin College and Conservatory.

Rachel Condry is a 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.

I can be contacted at rachel(at)rachelcondry(dot)com or by phone/text at 415-577-7224.