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. She then studied for six months with Trevor Wye in the United Kingdom. Rachel completed a Masters of Music Studies degree, studying with Emma Sholl at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and was awarded the Patricia Bell Grant.
Rachel was principal flute of the Australian Youth Orchestra in 2015, having participated regularly in their programs since 2007. She has also performed with the SSO Sinfonia and the Queensland and Tasmanian symphony orchestras. As a soloist, she has performed the Nielsen Flute Concerto with the Canberra Youth Orchestra, and, with flautist Kelsey Robinson, the Dall’Abaco Double Concerto in E Minor with the AYO Momentum Ensemble. Rachel also studies baroque flute with Melissa Farrow.