Rachael Young is Principal Bassoon of the DPO, a position she has previously held with the Springfield Symphony, Kentucky Symphony, and Symphony of Southeast Texas. She is also Principal Bassoon of the Shippensburg Festival Orchestra and performs regularly with ProMusica Chamber Orchestra in Columbus.
Rachael has maintained an active and varied orchestral career. holding positions with the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera and Tuscaloosa Symphony, in addition to performing with the Columbus Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Louisville Philharmonic, Chicago Sinfonietta and many others.
As a chamber musician, Rachael won a silver medal at the 2008 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, has performed at the Kennedy Center, and was invited as a fellow to the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. She also received the John Celentano Award for Excellence in Chamber Music from the Eastman School of Music. Rachael graduated from the Eastman School of Music as a student of John Hunt and from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music as a student of Benjamin Kamins.
She enjoys traveling, hiking, and all things culinary arts, and she is a native of Oswego, Illinois.