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.
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.
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
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.
Explore Longy’s degree programs >
My faculty page at Longy >
The January 5th application deadline has passed, however, Longy continues to accept applications on a rolling basis. Please contact me if you’re considering studying at Longy!
BASSOON DAY 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. The cost for the entire day is $10.
Please note: March 15th is the deadline to register perform in the Bassoon Day masterclass!
9:00 - Registration and warm-up
9:30 - Welcome and Fundamentals Workshop
10:30 - walk to Rey-Waldstein Building, group photo
10:45 - Faculty Performance
12:00 - Lunch on your own
12:00-2:00 rehearsals with pianist for those in masterclass
1:00 - BYOR (Bring Your Own Reed or blank) to the Reed Finishing Workshop
2:00 - Masterclass
Scott Koljonen, pianist
3:00 - What Every Bassoonist Needs to Know About the Body - Intro to Body Mapping
Vanessa Breault Mulvey, Body Mapping Specialist
4:30 - Bassoon Band
5:00 - End of program
June 1-8, 2019
With Dark in the song, hosted by the National music festival
Following last year’s success, we’re increasing this summer’s NewBassoon Institute to a full week! Join us for an inspiring, challenging and collegial week devoted to contemporary bassoon solo and ensemble music. You’ll enjoy private lessons, masterclasses, seminars, faculty & fellow concerts, insights from guest artist/composer, Brad Balliett, and world premieres of new music for bassoon ensemble by Kamala Sankaram, Balliett, and others. 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.
3rd Dark in the Song Performance Competition for young bassoonists >
Application deadline: April 1, 2019
LONGY’S DIVERGENT STUDIO
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 >
Application Deadline: March 15, 2019
SULZBACH-ROSENBERG FESTIVAL (GERMANY)
July 30-August 11, 2019
The Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival, produced by InterHarmony, has been held in the scenic Bavarian village of Sulzbach-Rosenberg for the past fourteen years. Open to bassoonists (and musicians) of all ages and levels, you’ll enjoy two weeks of music-making in this historic town, complete with its own medieval castle. Participants take lessons and play in chamber music ensembles, with options to perform in masterclasses and orchestra. The festival enjoys the support of the community, with packed houses for its concerts! Summer 2019 marks my first time teaching with the faculty in Bavaria – join me to experience a wonderful couple of weeks in this magical place!