Rachel Messing is the newly appointed Assistant Professor of Oboe and Music History at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.
From 2014 through 2019, she was a professional oboist and educator in Arizona where she also completed her doctorate at Arizona State University with Professor Martin Schuring. While living in Arizona, Dr. Messing performed regularly with the Phoenix Symphony, True Concord, Tucson Symphony, Arizona Philharmonic, Las Cruces Symphony, Prescott Pops Symphony, West Valley Symphony, and Tucson Pops Orchestra. She has also performed with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and Allen (Texas) Philharmonic. In these orchestras, she has had the opportunity to play in the oboe section as principal, second, English horn, as well as bass oboe. Her popular music experience includes performances with the bands Hanson, Mannheim Steamroller, and Johnny Mathis. Dr. Messing has also been a solo guest artist with the Frostburg State University Wind Symphony and the North East Orchestra of Tarrant County, Texas.
Dr. Messing previously held the position of Adjunct Oboe Professor and taught Music Appreciation courses at Grand Canyon University and Mesa Community College. She has also given performance and reed making masterclasses at colleges across the country; at Frostburg State University, Sam Houston State University, Oklahoma State University, University of Arizona, and Northwestern State University.
Dr. Messing holds a Master of Music degree in oboe performance from Southern Methodist University under the study of Erin Hannigan and received her Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied with Alex Klein and Robert Walters.