Rachel Ferris was appointed Principal Harpist of the San Antonio Symphony in 1999. She is a frequent guest artist with several area chamber music groups, including the Cactus Pear Festival, Camerata San Antonio, Musical Offerings, and the Olmos Ensemble. Her performance of Rameau’s Pièces de Clavecin with the Cactus Pear Festival has been featured on the nationally syndicated radio program “Performance Today.” As concerto soloist, she has performed with the Youth Orchestra of San Antonio, Victoria Symphony, Mid-Texas Symphony, Sarasota Orchestra, and the National Repertory Orchestra.
In 2001, Ms. Ferris recorded “Mélange” on the Centaur label, featuring French works for cello and harp with Chicago Symphony cellist Donald Moline. She has performed with several orchestras, including the Houston Symphony, Austin Symphony, and Baltimore Symphony. Her exciting career has led to many special opportunities; she has shared the stage with such legends as Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, and Ray Charles. She has also been on faculty at San Antonio’s University of the Incarnate Word.
Originally from upstate New York, Ms. Ferris began intensive harp study at the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy. She went on to receive a Bachelor’s degree in Harp Performance from Oberlin Conservatory, studying harp with renowned harpist and pedagogue, Alice Chalifoux. She has participated in several music festivals including Aspen, Chautauqua, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Colorado Music Festival, and Breckenridge Music Festival.