Ms. Rachel Smalling

Bryan Symphony Orchestra

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Bryan Symphony Orchestra


Rachel Smalling, a native of Knoxville, TN, graduated from Tennessee Tech University in 2014 with her Bachelor’s degree in cello performance under the study of Dan Allcott. Rachel began working for the Bryan Symphony Orchestra (BSO) in 2012, as the music librarian, and began playing as a section cellist with the symphony in 2013 while receiving scholarship from the University. In 2014 she took over the role of box office manager while also handling many daily operations and management tasks for the symphony. Rachel was thrilled to be named the Executive Director of the BSO in March of 2016. She truly believes that when a town or city has strong arts programs present, the community as a whole benefits and there is a more defined sense of togetherness within that community.
Ms. Smalling is very involved with the Tennessee Tech University School of Music, and brought the Summer Music Institute back to TTU in 2019, where she served as the administrative director. The Summer Music Institute hosted 65 high school musicians from across the state at its most recent 2022 season. Rachel volunteers at many community arts  and nonprofit organization events in Cookeville every year and she serves on the Tennesseans for the Arts Board and is the president of the Cookeville Arts Council. Rachel discovered her passion for arts administration while serving as an intern, and then became the Director of Operations, for the Sewanee Summer Music festival from 2014 - 2018. Rachel truly loves her work and feels incredibly lucky to have been given so many opportunities to work within her desired field of arts administration.
In addition to her arts administration career, Rachel owns and manages two motels in middle Tennessee.