An accomplished trumpet player, Rachel Duncan has performed professionally with orchestras in the United States and Scotland. A native of Plymouth, Minnesota, she was awarded a full tuition scholarship in 2003 to study at the Curtis Institute of Music. After earning her bachelor’s of music degree at the conservatory, she moved to Chicago to study at Northwestern University, where she earned a master’s of music degree. Soon after, she was awarded a position with the Civic Orchestra of Chicago(2011–2013).
Duncan has performed as guest principal trumpet with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra and recorded two commercially released recordings for the Dutton Epoch Records label. She has performed as guest principal trumpet of the Charleston Symphony, the Peoria Symphony and the Dubuque Symphony and has performed with the trumpet sections of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Richmond Symphony, the Illinois Symphony, Symphony in C, and The New World Symphony.
Devoted to chamber music, Duncan is a founding member of the brass ensemble, New Chicago Brass. She has also performed alongside Yo-Yo Ma and members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and performed with MusicNOW, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s new music ensemble. Duncan is married to jazz trumpeter/ composer, Greg Duncan. In addition to teaching aspiring trumpet players in the College, she will serve as the Principal Trumpet of the Charlottesville Symphony.