Rachael Stockton

Violin I

Rachael Stockton headshotWhat city are you living in now? Baltimore City

Where did you study? The Cleveland Institute of Music (Bachelor’s Degree) and The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University (Masters Degree)

What is your favorite piece of music? Golly that’s tough – every day/week it probably changes. But, I always love Stravinsky’s ‘The Rite of Spring.’

What do you enjoy in your spare time? Spending time with my family – husband, three sons, dog and cat – exercising; hiking; being outdoors.

What is your fondest Annapolis Symphony memory? That’s a LOT of memories to choose from as I have been with the orchestra for 25 years now! All of my fondest ASO memories have to do with connections and communications, both musical and other, between musicians and patrons/listeners at Maryland Hall. Our concert hall is considerably smaller than most/many which allows me, from the vantage point of the first violins, to observe quite well audience members and their attentiveness to performances. I love to look out and see the listeners focused and experiencing the music first-hand. We have what I feel are the most engaged and appreciative audiences at Maryland Hall. The other aspect of that is memories of talking with audience members after performances and hearing their comments, observations, and appreciation from them. Knowing that our audiences are truly listening and allowing the music to affect them as it may is uplifting and fulfilling for us on the stage.