Rachel Howie began playing the flute at eight years old, in Hobart, after hearing Peter and the Wolf and deciding she wanted to be the ‘bird’. She received her Bachelor of Music degree with first class honours from the Australian National University, where she studied with Vernon Hill and Virginia Taylor and was the recipient of several scholarships and prizes. She then studied for six months with Trevor Wye in the United Kingdom. Subsequently, she relocated to Sydney to complete a Masters of Music Studies degree with Emma Sholl at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Rachel has performed with the Sydney Symphony, Tasmanian symphony and Queensland Symphony orchestras. In 2018 she was the Sydney Symphony’s ‘flute fellow’. She was principal flute of the Australian Youth Orchestra in 2015, having participated regularly in their programs since 2007.
A passionate teacher, Rachel has taught at several schools in Sydney. She currently tutors in flute and directs the flute ensemble at Ascham School. Her students have received high distinctions and distinctions in AMEB exams.
Rachel tailors her lessons to suit each individual student’s needs and personality. She enjoys helping students work towards their full potential, but above all aims to foster a life-long love of music.