Rachel Panitch is a composer who is deeply interested in the way audiences engage with music. Her background as a performer, teacher and improviser has led to a level of experimentation, which enables audience members to find deeper meaning and connections between her music and experiences in their own lives. Another characteristic of her work is the inspiration she draws from landscapes and nature in general. She has held composing residencies in Zion National Park and Acadia National Park, where she used the experiences of visitors as musical motives for her pieces.
Rachel graduated from Vassar with a Major in Anthropology and Correlates in Japanese and Music and Culture. She then went on to earn a Master of Music from the New England Conservatory, and has been extremely active as a composer.
She is now embarking on a large-scale project mapping the experiences of residents of Mattapan, a neighborhood of Boston. The project will feature material collected in interviews, historical research, and will have multiple performance locations, recordings and community involvement. The W.K. Rose Committee is delighted to award Rachel Panitch this year’s fellowship.