A winner of Astral’s 2017 National Auditions, Rachel Lee Hall O’Brien has appeared at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Severance Hall, and Lyon & Healy Hall. She is also the winner of the 2013 Lyon & Healy Award, and was awarded top prizes from such competitions as the Cleveland Institute of Music Concerto Competition, the Saratoga Harp Colony “Play with the Pros” Competition, and the James Bland Music Contest of the Lions Club.
As soloist and chamber musician, she travels frequently nationwide for concert engagements. She has performed concerti with orchestras such as the Cleveland Institute of Music Orchestra, the National Repertory Orchestra, and members of the Philadelphia Orchestra. In addition to teaching on the faculty at Hollins University, O’Brien also maintains a private harp studio and is an instructor of Eurhythmics, an approach to rhythm through movement.
O’Brien received bachelor’s and master’s of music degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she studied harp performance under the tutelage of Yolanda Kondonassis.