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The North Carolina Symphony is not just music; it's people. From composers to musicians, from conductors to staff, the Symphony is made up of a talented group of dedicated individuals who take immense pleasure and pride in bringing you the finest programs of show-stopping music season after season.

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Rachel Niketopoulos  |  French Horn
The Paul R. Villard and Gabriel Wolf Chair

Rachel  Niketopoulos
Rachel Irene Niketopoulos joined the North Carolina Symphony in 2005 as Fourth horn. Prior to coming to Raleigh, she served as Second horn of the Virginia Symphony for 7 years.

A graduate of the Universities of Iowa and Missouri (Kansas City), she was a member of the Aspen Festival Orchestra in 1993 and 1994, and has performed with the Charleston Symphony and the New World Symphony in Miami (where she met her husband Chris Caudill, who has been the second hornist of the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra since 2003).

She has been on the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival and of Cannon Music Camp in Boone, N.C. In addition to her horn-playing career, she was a student at the Alexander Alliance in Philadelphia for three years andis now a certified instructor of the Alexander Technique. She teaches horn and Alexander Technique lessons privately in Raleigh.

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