Department of Music - College of Liberal Arts - Texas A&M University Corpus Christi


Assistant Professor of Music - Oboe

Office: CA 133


Phone: (361) 825-2375


                                                                                       Dr. Rachel Messing 

Rachel Messing is the Assistant Professor of Oboe and Music History at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

Her orchestral work in South Texas includes Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, Victoria Symphony, and Laredo Symphony. From 2014 through 2019, she was a professional oboist and educator in Arizona where she also completed her doctorate at Arizona State University with Professor Martin Schuring. While living in Arizona, Dr. Messing performed regularly with the Phoenix Symphony, True Concord, Tucson Symphony, Arizona Philharmonic, Las Cruces Symphony, Prescott Pops Symphony, West Valley Symphony, and Tucson Pops Orchestra. She has also performed with the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra, South Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, and Allen (Texas) Philharmonic. In these orchestras, she has had the opportunity to play in the oboe section as principal, second, English horn, as well as bass oboe. Her popular music experience includes performances with the bands Hanson, Mannheim Steamroller, and Johnny Mathis.

Dr. Messing previously held oboe instructor positions at Grand Canyon University and Mesa Community College. She has also given performance and reed making masterclasses at colleges across the country. Her chamber group, Plumeria Winds, performed this summer at the International Double Reed Society's First Virtual Symposium and will soon play for the virtual Rio Winds Festival in Brazil.

Dr. Messing holds a Master of Music degree in oboe performance from Southern Methodist University under the study of Erin Hannigan and received her Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory, where she studied with Alex Klein and Robert Walters.

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                                                                                            Oboe Studio 

The TAMUCC Oboe Studio keeps busy each week with private lessons as well as group sessions like reed class. Reed making is a crucial part of oboe life and we dedicate time each week to refine scraping and tying technique, where to take off cane and why, as well as adjusting finished reeds. Our oboe studio has a wonderful collection of reed making tools that the students share when working in the Reed Room. These include a shaper tip and handle, set of sharpening stones, guillotine, micrometer, radius gauge, and also a microphone for recording projects.

Another special studio item is our English horn. Everyone gets the opportunity to play English horn during their time here and study many of our beautiful orchestral excerpts for the instrument. While in reed class, we spend a good deal of time listening to famous oboe and English horn players from around the world. It is beneficial to listen to the top in our field perform the great solo oboe works as well as our important orchestral repertoire.

The oboe studio also meets for chamber music rehearsals each week. Currently, the oboe studio is preparing Beethoven’s Variations on ‘La ci darem la mano’ from Mozart’s opera Don Giovanni.

One of my goals for the oboe students here is to always make musical choices and look for ways to develop their own oboe identity and forms of expression.