Rachel Flowers – Exciting News!

JeanieHello Friends and Fans of Rachel Flowers!

We have lots of very exciting news to report – and I’ll begin with the most time sensitive.

Rachel is one of the top five finalists in the 2011 Ventura Music Festival Student Jazz Competition! You may recall she was a finalist last year as well and was awarded second place. This year the live competition is taking place THIS SUNDAY AFTERNOON! Yes, we had very little notice on this! But if you can come out and cheer her on, we would love to see you there!

Sunday, January 16, 2011


Laurel Theatre (Rubicon), 1006 East Main Street, Ventura 93001

Each of the five finalists will perform one song, backed up by the band Coda. The winner will be announced at the end of the concert. The top prize winner will receive a $5000 scholarship, and will have the opportunity to perform with Arturo Sandoval on February 12. Pretty great stuff!

They are requesting a $10 donation at the door, and all proceeds go toward the Ventura Music Festival Education Fund, so you would be supporting a worthy cause as well as supporting Rachel.

In case you would like to listen to it, the recording we used for Rachel’s entry this year is here:



More exciting news – Rachel has been selected as a Semi-Finalist in the Los Angeles Music Center Spotlight Awards, in the Jazz Instrumental category. In a couple of weeks she will attend a Master Class with jazz pianist Alan Pasqua, chair of Jazz Studies at USC and a celebrated performer in his own right, to help prepare for the semi-final auditions which will take place on February 26. The winners receive substantial scholarship awards, and will perform in a gala concert at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion! We will keep you informed as events unfold.

Rachel is very fortunate to have a fantastic rhythm section for the Spotlight auditions in Paul Tavenner on drums and Dr. Matt Van Benschoten on bass. The two pieces she performed with Paul and Dr. Matt for her live audition were Dolphin Dance and Captain Jon, both of which can be found on my youtube channel, but as solo piano performances. Hopefully soon you will hear her play these with back-up!


On top of all that, Rachel has several exciting flute auditions coming up through the Music Teachers Association of California. Rachel will be auditioning for VOCE (Voice, Orchestral instruments, Chamber groups, Ensembles), for Certificate of Merit Panels, and for the Young Artist Guild this year. I will be sending more information on these events soon, as the dates are coming up fast!

One thing is for sure – it’s never boring being Rachel Flowers!


Rachel now has a fan page on facebook, which is being administered by our good friend Michael Thallium. If you are on facebook, go to Rachel’s fan page here and click “like.”

Rachel also has a Twitter profile, which I’m still trying to figure out, but if you tweet, you can add her by searching Rachel Flowers, or LongLiveRachel. And if that doesn’t work, write to me and I’ll ask Michael!


As always, we thank you for your interest in Rachel and her music!

Hope to see you this Sunday!!

#1 fan,

Jeanie Flowers

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