Native Chicagoan Rachel Castellanos is trombonist in the Alliance Brass Quintet as well as the New Chicago Brass. She has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on multiple occasions, and in addition to various orchestral and chamber music performances, she has shown her versatility as a musician, performing in a range of styles including Jazz, Salsa, and Pop music. Rachel is on the faculty as low brass instructor at CHiarts, Chicago’s High School for the arts, and trombone instructor at Highland Park High School.
In 2003, Rachel left Chicago to study at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, double majoring in Trombone and Jazz Performance. After completing her degree, she returned home to pursue her Masters in Trombone Performance at the DePaul School of Music under the tutelage of Charles Vernon and Mark Fisher. Rachel went on to further study with Jay Friedman at the Chicago College for the Performing Arts, Roosevelt University.