Rachel Mazzucco has been teaching applied harp at Lubbock Christian University since 2018. She has also taught music theory and aural skills courses at Texas Tech University since 2011, and joined the performance music faculty of Texas Tech as instructor of harp in 2016. Pedagogically, she seeks to provide articulate instruction and suggestions, without hindering the student's personal musical voice and growth. She has been playing Principal Harp for Lubbock Symphony Orchestra with David Cho since 2013 and the Amarillo Symphony Orchestra under Jacomo Bairos since 2014. She also plays with community groups such as Ballet Lubbock and the Lubbock Chorale.
Along with her orchestral engagements, she maintains an active performance schedule of both solo and chamber works, specializing in 20th-century music. Though harp is her primary instrument, Ms. Mazzucco also studied voice at TCU, is active in her church choir, and on special occasions, she accompanies herself.
Ms. Mazzucco holds a B.M. in Music Performance and a B.S. in Mathematics from Texas Christian University, and a M.M. in Music Performance from Texas Tech University. She has studied under many renowned harpists, including Susan Pejovich of the Dallas Symphony and Gail Barber of local and international fame. She is currently finishing coursework to earn her Ph.D. in Music Theory at Texas Tech. Her research interests include musical form and 20th century harp music, and she is currently exploring the applications of set theory and pattern completion in the works of Paul Hindemith. She has presented her research in local, regional, and international venues.
Ms. Mazzucco is a member of several prestigious national honor societies, including Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Kappa Lambda. She is also a charter member and President of the West Texas Harp Society, the local chapter of the American Harp Society.