Rachel Blumenthal was appointed Principal Flute of the Sarasota Opera in 2017. Prior to her position in Sarasota, she held positions in the Des Moines and Battle Creek Symphony Orchestras. When not in Sarasota, she maintains an active freelance career in Chicago, where she has performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Grant Park Orchestra, the Chicago Philharmonic, and other ensembles. Rachel has spent summers at the Tanglewood Music Center, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Brevard Music Center. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and her master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University. Her primary teachers were Amy Porter and Jeanne Baxtresser.