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Rachel Bruerville : Associate Artist

The vast majority of music that we as ‘classical’ musicians seem to be exposed to in our training is, to put it concisely, composed by a male, pale, and stale cohort! There is so much more out there to be explored.

Random Audio Sample: Dancing on Tiptoes : but never falling by Rachel Bruerville, from the CD Women of Note

Photo of Rachel Bruerville

Photo: Jasmine Buttery Photography

Rachel Bruerville (b. 1991) is an Australian composer, arranger, cellist, singer, and writer, who proudly calls Adelaide her home. She writes music for the concert hall, the theatre, and other collaborative work. Represented by the Australian Music Centre, she has held the position of Young Adelaide Voices' 2019/20 Composer in Residence, supported by a 2019 Carclew Fellowship. Rachel hopes to always make music to entertain, to educate, and to be explored and enjoyed by audiences of any musical or non-musical background.

Rachel has recently composed a new work commissioned by the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra in partnership with CanDo4Kids, Access2Arts, Tutti Arts, and the City of Adelaide. Based on the Australian children's book Milli, Jack and the Dancing Cat by Stephen Michael King, the new work featured in the ASO's very first relaxed concert in June 2021, designed with accessibility in mind. It will also be the featured work at the ASO's sold out family concerts in October 2021.

More composition highlights include being commissioned by The Hush Foundation for the 2018 album Collective Wisdom, writing music to reduce stress in children's hospital environments; a nomination for Vocal/Choral Work of the Year in the APRA AMCOS/Australian Music Centre 2019 Art Music Awards for In Due Season, commissioned by the Adelaide Chamber Singers; and a Sydney Opera House premiere with Young Adelaide Voices at the opening of the Gondwana World Choral Festival, July 2019. Rachel has also been engaged as a teaching artist for Connecting the Dots in Music, working as a workshop leader for the Lullaby Project Hackham West, June 2021. Originating in New York, the Lullaby Project sees new and expecting parents collaborate with professional artists, as they write and sing personal lullabies for their babies.

Rachel's work has been performed by ensembles including The Australian Chamber Orchestra Collective, The Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, The St Peter's Cathedral Choir (North Adelaide), The Endeavour Trio, Gondwana Voices, the National Youth Choir of Australia, Sydney Children's Choir, and the Adelaide Wind Orchestra. She is also CutCommon Magazine's Opinions Editor, composing articles relevant to "the new generation of classical music".

In her life as a performer, Rachel is a core member of the internationally acclaimed Adelaide Chamber Singers, and is active as a freelance cellist around Adelaide, including for Patch Theatre Company as on-stage cellist in Emily Loves to Bounce (2016-17 tours). She has sung solo with the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and Paul Rissmann, presenting new work for children in the 2017-18 Festivals of Learning.

Rachel Bruerville — current to September 2021

Selected Commissions

  Work Commission Details
Digital sheet music sample Mirror mirror : for treble choir and piano (2019) Commissioned as part of Young Adelaide Voice’s 2019/20 Composer in Residence program
Dancing on Tiptoes : but never falling (2017) Commissioned by HUSH Music Foundation.