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Rachael Elliott

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Rachael Elliott grew up in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom and is currently living in Durham, North Carolina. She picked up the bassoon in high school and began studying with Janet Polk, and later with Frank Morelli at Manhattan School of Music and Yale School of Music. These days, she returns to Vermont frequently to perform with ensembles including BCO, the Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble and Heliand Consort. She also is a member of Clogs and Dark in the Song bassoon collective.

Described as “one of the sharpest executors of new-music currently on the scene” (WQXR) and “the Jaco Pastorius of the bassoon” (The Guardian), Ms. Elliott has toured widely throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia with Clogs, and recorded five critically acclaimed albums, including "The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton". Her debut solo CD, "Polka the Elk," was released in 2011 and features bassoon music by David Lang, Padma Newsome and Tawnie Olson. Ms. Elliott teaches bassoon at Duke