Rachel Lopez has been a member of the Austin Symphony since 2006 & has been heard frequently as principal flutist. She also enjoys playing the piccolo & has been piccoloist of the Ann Arbor Symphony in Michigan since 2005.
Originally from Houston, TX, she started playing the flute at age 11. She received a Bachelor of Music in flute performance from the University of Houston, Master of Music from the University of North Texas, and an Orchestral Studies Diploma from Roosevelt University in Chicago. Her teachers include Claire Johnson, Catherine LeGrand, Terri Sundberg, Leslie Fagan, Jean Berkenstock, and Donald Peck. Honors include prize winner for the National Flute Association Orchestral Audition Competition, Mid-South Flute Society Young Artist Competition, and finalist for the Myrna Brown Artist Competition. She has also performed with the Dubuque Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, & the Chamber Orchestra of San Antonio. Prior to moving to Austin, she was a season member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago. In the summers, she has performed with the Texas Music Festival, Henry Mancini Institute (CA), International Festival-Institute at Round-Top (Texas), & the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria.
She enjoys private teaching & currently teaches in Cedar Park. In her free time, she enjoys listening to 80s & 90s alternative-rock/dance music, playing guitar & bass guitar, writing rock music, singing karaoke, & practicing yoga. She can be heard performing co-lead vocals with the shoegaze/noise rock band Echodrone on the albums Five (2015) & Past, Preset, & Future (2018).