Assistant Professor of Music (Theory, History, Flute)
Rachel Chacko, Assistant Professor of Music at Whitman College, teaches courses in music theory, aural skills, music history, and flute performance. A recipient of the nationally awarded Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, she earned both a Ph.D. and D.M.A. from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She also received a postgraduate diploma in flute performance from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England.
Ms. Chacko's research focuses on American composers' experiments in cross-cultural composition during the mid-twentieth century and role that melody plays in creating form and serving as a central generative function in their music. She has presented her work at national and regional meetings of the Society for American Music, the Society for Music Theory, the American Musicological Society, and the College Music Society. Her articles on Lou Harrison's cross-cultural compositions for gamelan and Western instruments have been published in the Journal of the Society for American Music and American Music. She is currently researching and writing on Alan Hovhaness's Armenian-influenced compositions.