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Inducted in 2017
Larry Rachleff is the Walter Kris Hubert Professor of Orchestral Conducting. He is also serves Music Director of the Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra, and formerly served as Music Director of the San Antonio Symphony.
Mr. Rachleff is a regular guest conductor with the orchestras of Colorado, Utah, Indianapolis, and Kansas City, to name a few. He recently served as Artistic Advisor for the Grand Rapids Symphony. His summers are spent guest conducting at the Music Academy of the West, the Aspen Music Festival and School, where Mr. Rachleff has served as guest director of their summer conducting academy, the Sarasota Music Festival, the Chautauqua Music Festival and the Grand Teton Festival. Other summer festival engagements have included Tanglewood, Interlochen, Brevard Music Festival and Opera Theatre of Lucca, Italy.
Mr. Rachleff is especially noted for his rich and productive rapport with orchestra musicians. A former faculty member at the Oberlin Conservatory, where he was Music Director of Orchestras and Conductor of the Contemporary Ensemble, he also served as conductor of the Opera Theatre at the University of Southern California. He has conducted and presented master classes all over the world, including the Chopin Academy in Warsaw, the Zurich Hochschule, the Sydney, Melbourne and Queensland, Australia conservatories, the New England Conservatory, and regularly at the Juilliard School.
Larry Rachleff is an enthusiastic advocate of public school music education. He has conducted All-State orchestras and festivals in virtually every state in the United States as well as throughout Europe and Canada. He has also served as principal conducting teacher for the American Symphony Orchestra League, the Conductors? Guild and the International Workshop for Conductors held in the Czech Republic and in Sofia, Bulgaria.
As a dedicated advocate of contemporary music, Mr. Rachleff has collaborated with leading composers including Samuel Adler, Luciano Berio, William Bolcom, George Crumb, Michael Daugherty, John Harbison, and the late Gunther Schuller.
He holds an honorary doctorate from Roger Williams University, of which he is very proud.