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Rachel Lanik Whelan

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Rachel Lanik Whelan


Rachel Whelan (b. 1992, Lincoln, Neb.) is an American composer and flutist.

In 2016, Ms. Whelan received her MMus in composition from the University of South Carolina, where she also ran the New Voices student composer concerts and the Southern Exposure New Music Series. Her dedication to the performance of music by living composers is further evident in her work with Treefalls: New Music Series (501c3) in Spartanburg, S.C., where she is assistant director. She is currently [2018] a Ph.D. student in music composition at the University of North Texas. Her teachers in composition include Mandy Fang, John Fitz Rogers, Jesse Jones, and Paul Snell. Her primary flute teachers have been Carolyn Cline Corbett and Laura Schulkind.

Whelan demonstrates her versatility with compositional abilities ranging from songwriting, to film music, to her primary interest, music for wind band. Her film compositions have primarily been in direct collaborations with Nicholas Snell and students at the University of Arizona. Her music has been performed by Omaha Symphony members in the Holland Center in Omaha, Nebraska, and Whelan has opened for Susan Werner at the Johnny Carson Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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