Rachael Elliott

bassoonist • teacher • performer


summer festivals


June 1-8, 2019

With Dark in the song, hosted by the National music festival
Chestertown, maryland

The NewBassoon Institute is a collaboration between Dark in the Song bassoon ensemble and the National Music Festival. Join us for an inspiring and collegial week of exploration and performances of contemporary bassoon solo and ensemble music. Participate in private lessons, masterclasses, seminars, faculty & fellow concerts. This year’s featured guest artist/composer is Brad Balliett, and we’ll be giving the world premieres of new site-specific works by Balliett and Kamala Sankaram. If you love contemporary music or are simply curious to learn more and expand your skill-set, this is the place for you to explore and learn! Designed for bassoonists of college age, and beyond.

NewBassoon Institute >

3rd Dark in the Song Performance Competition for young bassoonists >

June 9-19, 2019

Open to soloists, ensembles and composers, Longy’s Divergent Studio is an exciting 10 days devoted to new music – chamber music, composition, and performances of new works of our time. Workshops are guided by pianist Don Berman, loadbang, guest composers Hannah Lash and Paula Matthusen, and the renowned Longy faculty.

Longy’s Divergent Studio >



Hailed as "one of the sharpest executors of new-music currently on the scene" (WQXR) and an "intrepid bassoonist" (Time Out New York), Rachael Elliott explores compelling new directions as a bassoon soloist and chamber artist.

A versatile performer who is active in classical, new music, improvised and rock/pop settings, Rachael Elliott is best known as a founding member of the genre-bending new music group, Clogs.

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The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton  Brassland

The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton


The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton

The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton


This Australian-American quartet features composer and multi-instrumentalist Padma Newsome, guitarist and composer Bryce Dessner, percussionist Thomas Kozumplik and bassoonist Rachael Elliott. With an artful blend of folk, classical and rock influences along with improvisation, Clogs has charted new territories in chamber music. The quartet has toured widely across the United States, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Australia, with appearances ranging from the Bar Fly to the Barbican Centre, and points between.

Heliand Consort

Heliand Consort

Heliand Consort

Our piano and woodwind ensemble is dedicated to reinvigorating classics and sharing dynamic new music with our audiences. Heliand’s programs stand out for their thoughtful and provocative juxtapositions. We speak to our audiences, we play and we sing.

Dark in the Song at Casbah in Durham

Dark in the Song at Casbah in Durham

Tuple Bassoon Duo

Tuple Bassoon Duo

Dark in the Song

This collective of five leading American bassoonists commissions and performs new music for bassoon ensemble. We also produce the annual summer NewBassoon Institute in partnership with the National Music Festival in Chestertown, Maryland. This year’s institute takes place from June 1-8, 2019 and features guest artist, Brad Balliett.

Tuple Bassoon Duo

We like weird! Tuple (pronounced “tuh-pl” or “too-pl,” depending on which one of us you’re speaking with, is comprised of bassoonists Rachael Elliott and Lynn Hileman.

We perform music of our time for (1, 2) bassoons.

Our debut album will be released later this year.



I teach bassoon at the Longy School of Music of Bard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts USA, located by Harvard Square and the historic Cambridge Common. Longy offers the intimacy of a small conservatory with a rich history and a forward-looking approach that prepares musicians to make a difference in the world. From Dalcroze Eurhythmics to Body Mapping, early music to improvisation, from jazz ensembles to chamber music, you’ll find plenty of avenues to develop your craft. Students also teach in Longy’s El Sistema program and perform in the community. Bassoonists receive weekly lessons and woodwind seminars modeled on the Paris Conservatory method, and participate in chamber music and orchestra.
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The January 5th application deadline has passed. However, Longy continues to accept applications on a rolling basis. Please contact me if you’re interested in studying bassoon at Longy!

Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 9 am-5 pm

Hosted by Nanci Belmont and Rachael Elliott
With Vanessa Breault Mulvey, Body Mapping Specialist

Join us for an exciting day of workshops open to all bassoonists at the Longy School of Music of Bard College. Topics include Bassoon Fundamentals, BYOR (Bring Your Own Reeds) for expert reed-finishing advice, and an Introduction to Body Mapping for Bassoonists. Performances include a Faculty Recital, Masterclass, and Bassoon Band.

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