Rachel Beetz is a Los Angeles based flutist whose playing has been described as both “soulfully elegant” (Washington Post) and evoking the “roar of prehistoric animals” (San Diego Union Tribune). She is an Affiliated Artist with San Diego New Music and also half of both Plus/Minus with percussionist Dustin Donahue and of Autoduplicity, a performance art project with cellist Jennifer Bewerse. Beetz has performed with ensembles such as Callithumpian Consort, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Noise, Palimpsest, red fish blue fish, Southland Ensemble, Third Coast Percussion, and has been featured on the wasteLAnd and Monday Evening Concerts series.
She has appeared at festivals all over the globe such as the Festival Internacional Cervantino in Guanajuato, Mexico, the Dog Star Orchestra, Prisms New Music Festival, American Music Festival at the National Gallery of Art, the New Music Gathering, soundON Festival of Contemporary Music, XI Festival Internacional de Música Nueva in Monterrey, Mexico, Internationales Institut Darmstadt Ferienkurse, Atlantic Music Festival, WithOut Walls Festival at the La Jolla Playhouse, unSUNG Music Festival in Los Angeles, and the Ojai Music Festival.
Rachel frequently works with composers in the creation of new solo and chamber pieces. Composers Nicholas Deyoe, Edward Hamel, Kurt Isaacson, Brian Griffeath-Loeb, Celeste Oram, Michael Pisaro, Roger Reynolds, Scott Worthington, and Yiheng Yvonne Wu have written pieces for Beetz. You can hear her performances on UC San Diego's Soundcheck 7, Roger Reynolds' image set on Neuma and more current recording projects at www.soundcloud.com/beetzflute
Rachel also creates sound art pieces. Most recently she received the Listhus Skammdegi Air Award, a three-month artist residency in Ólafsfjörður, Iceland. There she created the 30-hour sound installation, The Winter Stars, based on sonic realizations of long exposure photographs of the night sky during the darkest moon cycle of winter 2015-16. She also collaborated with visual artist Nichole Speciale in the project Script–Rescript. Her sound art has been exhibited at Watt Space Gallery in Newcastle, Australia, the Natural History Museum in Ólafsfjörður, Island, Salur Myndlistarfélagsins in Akureyri, Iceland, Rabindranath Tagore Centre in Kolkata, India, and at Emergent Artspace's ongoing online exhibition “Translations.”
As an educator, Dr. Beetz coaches contemporary music annually at the Summer Institute for Contemporary Performance Practice (SICPP) at New England Conservatory. She has given guest lectures at Arizona State University, California Institute of the Arts, Iceland Academy of the Arts, and Santa Clara University. Currently, Rachel is Director of Public Relations for San Diego New Music. She earned degrees from UC San Diego (Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Arts) and Indiana University Jacobs School of Music (Bachelor of Music).