Rachael Hutchings at the piano

Rachael Hutchings

Adjunct Faculty, Piano Pedagogy and Repertoire

What I do

Adjunct Faculty, Piano Repertoire


Piano, Composition

Professional Biography

Colorado pianist and composer Rachael Hutchings' recent performances feature both standard classical repertoire and her own compositions. She appears regularly as a guest artist, visiting lecturer, and collaborative pianist. Recent performances include guest recitals at the University of Oklahoma, Denver School of the Arts, and the Musician's Society of Denver.

Hutchings' compositional style is at once expressive, approachable, and innovative. In 2015, Hutchings and her husband, tenor Daniel Hutchings, premiered two of her works on Colorado Public Radio. Her settings of poetry by Rilke for voice and piano were featured on CPR's "Colorado Spotlight." Other recent compositions include a setting of the Salve Regina text for SATB choir, the neo-Baroque Willow Suite for solo piano, and Diaphanous Tether for flute quartet. Interior: tone poem for cello and piano was premiered at Denver's King Center recital hall in June of 2017 with cellist Evan Shelton. Her scores are available through Veritas Musica Publishing, www.veritasmusicapublishing.com.

Before arriving in Colorado in 2010, Hutchings was an active performer and music teacher in San Francisco. Hutchings served as an instructor at the San Francisco Community Music Center and adjunct professor of piano at the University of San Francisco. She has served on the faculty of the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music, as an adjudicator and administrator for various student music programs and competitions, and is on the faculty of the Lamont Summer Music Academy. Composition students from her private studio have gone on to top college composition programs.

Hutchings began studying piano in her hometown of Iowa City, Iowa. She earned her BMA in piano performance at the University of Michigan School of Music, and completed a master of music degree in composition and piano performance at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music. In addition to music, she is passionate about volunteering as a house manager at Sacred Heart House of Denver and as a tutor at the Denver Women's Correctional Facility. She lives in Lakewood with her husband and their ten-year-old son, Charles.

More information at www.rachaelhutchingsmusic.com.