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Class of 2025

Rachael Breitenstein is a freshman horn player studying Music Education at the University of Arkansas from Wylie, Texas. While living in Wylie, she was part of That Wylie Band where she was given opportunities to lead the mellophones and the concert ensembles that toured many different places around the country.

Ms. Breitenstein has been part of many ensembles that include That Wylie Band, the Wylie High School Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, and currently serves as the principal horn in the University of Arkansas Wind Symphony. During her time in That Wylie Band, she served as a Spirit Captain and Mellophone Section Leader and was part of the band that earned theschool their 30th straight UIL Marching Invitational 1st Division rating. During Ms. Breitenstein's four years at Wylie High School, she was able to travel and perform in many places around thecountry. These places include Lincoln Center, the Meyerson Symphony Center, and the 2020Music For All Festival in Indianapolis.

During this past summer, Ms. Breitenstein had the opportunity to assist in a high school horn choir organized by her private lesson teacher Laura Lawson. In the horn choir, she was able to work with the students by conducting and covering parts when needed. This experiencewas very beneficial to her to see different teaching methods and learn the basics of conducting a small ensemble. While attending Wylie High School, Ms. Breitenstein was involved and successful inmany organizations in and out of the band. She was part of the Athletic Training program, National Honor Society, and was named an Academic All-State for the 2020 season.

Through her time in the band, Ms. Breitenstein has been part of multiple division one scores brass quintets and a woodwind quintet which qualified to perform at the UIL State Solo and Ensemble festival. She has received multiple first division ratings for her solo performances and hasperformed at the UIL State Solo and Ensemble festival in 2018.

As a freshman at the University of Arkansas, she is excited to learn and perform more chamber and solo repertoire as an undergraduate student. She is eager to learn under Dr. Katelyn Halbert over these next four years through lessons and studio. Ms. Breitenstein hopes to pursue a career as a Music Therapist.

Rachael Breitenstein: Bio
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