Rachel Messing is a professional oboist and educator in Arizona where she completed her doctorate at Arizona State University with professor Martin Schuring. Dr. Messing currently performs with 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 Phoenix Symphony, 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 was also a solo guest artist with the North East Orchestra of Tarrant County, Texas in 2014 where she played the Vaughan Williams Oboe Concerto.
Dr. Messing is Adjunct Oboe Professor at Grand Canyon University and Mesa Community College. She has also given performance and reed making masterclasses at colleges across the country; in the last year at 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.