Raised in California, Rachel Kamradt (b. 1991) began studying oboe with her uncle at the age of ten. She later went on to receive her bachelor’s degree in music performance at Humboldt State University, where she studied with Virginia Ryder. She has played with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, Arizona Symphony Orchestra, Eureka Symphony and the Humboldt Symphony, with whom she has performed as a soloist. Ms. Kamradt has participated in the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program and Bay View Music Festival, and has taught for the Bocal Majority double reed camp at Pepperdine University. Additionally, she has performed in masterclasses with Robert Walters, Peter Cooper, Christoph Hartmann, and David Weiss. In 2012, Ms. Kamradt was the instrumental category winner of the Humboldt State Concerto/Aria Competition, and in 2014 was finalist in the University of Arizona President’s Competition.
Outside of her work with the Fred Fox Graduate Wind Quintet, Ms. Kamradt remains an avid collaborator. At Bay View, she was oboist in the Algonquin Winds and hosted an outreach concert for children through Bay View’s Music and Munchies program. She recently performed the North American premiere of Cameron Sinclair’s The Fly and the world premiere of Justino Perez’s Sonata for Oboe and Piano. She also works frequently with pianist Ryan McGaughey, with whom she has hosted recitals across California.
In addition to her performance activities, Ms. Kamradt maintains a private studio in the greater Tucson area and is a conductor with the University of Arizona Outreach Band, a weekend ensemble for junior high and early high school young wind and percussion musicians. She is an advocate of El Sistema, a Venezuelan music education program that uses classical music to transform the lives of at-risk youth, and aspires to start her own El Sistema-inspired program in the future. She is currently attending the University of Arizona, where she was awarded a teaching assistantship and studies with Sara Fraker.