Flutist Rachel Mellis enjoys a multi-faceted career as an orchestral, chamber, solo, and recording artist. She performs regularly throughout the U.S. and has toured in Europe and Asia. Rachel has collaborated with esteemed artists across many genres, including John Williams, Danny Elfman, Michael Bublé, Christina Aguilera, Seth Macfarlane, Rachel Platten, Michael Tilson Thomas, and James Conlon.
As an active recording artist, Rachel’s playing can be heard in commercials for New Balance Shoes and Sprinkles Cupcakes, on TV shows “Siberia” (NBC) and “Complete Works” (Hulu), and as a featured soloist on video games “Ori and the Blind Forest” and “Minecraft”. She has also appeared onscreen as a flutist on NBC’s “The Voice” and FOX Network’s “Glee”. In addition to western flutes, Rachel enjoys performing and recording on flutes from around the world, including shakuhachi, dizi, bansuri, ocarina, panpipes, Irish flute, queña, and ney.
Rachel is the 2nd flutist of the Redlands Symphony and performs with many other orchestras in Southern California, including the Pasadena Symphony, Desert Symphony, and San Bernardino Symphony. She is passionate about contemporary music, both commissioning and performing new music as a soloist, and working with ensembles and festivals such as Hear Now, Contemporary Performance Collective, and Bridge to Everywhere.
Rachel is on faculty at Occidental College as an Applied Flute Instructor. Her own education includes Bachelor and Masters Degrees in Flute Performance from the University of Southern California where she studied under Jim Walker and Gary Woodward.