Professor of Bassoon
D.M. - Indiana University
Office: 279 Russell Hall
Phone: (319) 273-2374
Originally from Philadelphia, David J. Rachor joined the University of Northern Iowa School of Music faculty as Professor of Bassoon in 1989. He is an internationally recognized scholar and performer on both the modern and period bassoon.
Since the early 1990's, David Rachor's career has taken on an increasingly international scope. Rachor has traveled throughout Europe, presenting bassoon performance master classes and historical reed-making seminars at conservatories in Budapest, Hungary; Geneva, Switzerland; Brussels, Belgium; Iasi, Constanta, and Bucharest, Romania; Stuttgart and Karlsrühe, Germany; London, Oxford, and Edinburgh, UK; at the Internationalen Tage für Alte Musik Schloß Weinberg in Linz, Austria; and in Paris, Lyon, Angouleme, Angers, and Rennes, France, among others.
Rachor spent 2004-2005 on leave in Paris, France, where he was Visiting Guest Professor of Baroque and Modern Bassoon at the Conservatoire Nationale Supérieure de Musique et Danse in Paris, as well as Professor of Baroque Bassoon at the Conservatoire Nationale Supérieure de Musique et Danse in Lyon.
He has presented concerts, recorded and toured internationally on period bassoon with The Concerts Spirituels, Les Grands Hautbois and Les Cyclops (France), and with Lyric Baroque (Minneapolis) and the Iowa Baroque Orchestra.
A respected author, Rachor has published articles in The Galpin Society Journal (Oxford, England), The Double Reed (the journal of the International Double Reed Society), the FoMRHI Journal (the publication of the Fellowship of Makers and Researchers of Historical Instruments), Bandworld (the publication of the American Band College), and in the Texas Bandmasters' Journal. With a lifelong commitment to Music Education, Rachor has presented clinics at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, Minnesota Music Educators Association Convention, Tennessee Music Educators Association Convention, National Lutheran Music Camp, Tennessee Governor's School of the Arts, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, and he is a frequent faculty member at the American Band College in Ashland, Oregon.
Rachor holds the Bachelor of Music and Bachelor of Music Education degrees from Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee, and the Masters and Doctor of Music degrees from Indiana University. Before his appointment to the University of Northern Iowa, Rachor was Assistant Professor of Bassoon and Chamber Music at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville. He has served as Principal Bassoon of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony and the Cedar Rapids Symphony, and is currently Principal Bassoon with the Des Moines Symphony. His major teachers were Leonard Sharrow, Sidney Rosenberg and Mordechai Rechtman.