New Bern’s Trent River Chamber Orchestra

The Trent River Chamber Orchestra (or Trent River Chamber Players), New Bern’s premiere music ensemble, is a 25-member professional ensemble led by Music Director, Rachel Pino. Established in 2007, the orchestra has a well-established reputation for distinguished performances of repertoire spanning the Baroque period through the 21st century.

The inception of the ensemble was motivated, in part, by the desire to provide performance opportunities for professional musicians emerging from ECU School of Music and other regional training programs, as well as the intention to contribute meaningfully to the robust cultural program in eastern North Carolina. Over time, our programming has broadened, and our musicians have evolved, but our desire to secure the future of live classical performances in our region has remained steadfast. 

From bluegrass bands to Carnegie Hall debuts to masterworks performances, members of the Trent River Chamber Orchestra are performing all over the nation, and call NC home. The ensemble includes members of the North Carolina Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, Long Bay Symphony, Carolina Philharmonic, New Bern Civic Strings and local professional players and teachers, all with extensive performing experience and classical training from across the globe. 

Creative collaborations with other regional arts institutions, including the Craven Community Chorus and The Rivertowne Players, have helped enrich the musical experiences of local audiences and help us continue to bring performance opportunities for the talented people who live and love the Twin Rivers region.

Music Director, Rachel Pino

img_8200Rachel Pino is a professional concert violinist and violin teacher.

Rachel actively performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestral musician.  She is Principal 2nd Violinist for the Long Bay Symphony (Myrtle Beach, SC), Executive Director & Concertmaster of the Trent River Chamber Orchestra, and Concertmaster/Associate Director of New Bern Civic Strings.  Rachel was President of the North Carolina Suzuki Association (2015) and now serves on the board for the NC Suzuki Association and Greenville Suzuki Association (NC). Rachel appears as a clinician at the NC Suzuki Institute at East Carolina University, the STAHR Workshop (VA), Wilmington Suzuki Workshop (NC), and the Greenville Suzuki Saturdays (NC), and has taught at Craven Community College.

Rachel performs annually as a guest artist at the Carolina Chamber Music Festival and serves on the CCMF Education Committee. She performed as Principal 2nd Violin with the Amman Symphony Orchestra (Jordan), performed as a soloist in Sweden, played with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra (NC), Opera Carolina (NC) and has shared the stage with some really fun artists like The Moody Blues, The Tams, The Association, Ben Vereen, Joan Hess (Leggy Blonde, Flight of the Conchords), and Jodi Benson (Ariel, The Little Mermaid).

Rachel’s ever-growing social media following has led her to collaborate with well-known and developing brands in the music industry.  She was recently named a Beaumont Artist, alongside some of the top classical musicians in the online community.  She is a social media consultant and manager for individual artists and groups in the music industry. 

Born in New Bern, NC, Rachel’s primary teacher was Joanne Bath (NC), and she also studied at the UNC School of the Arts.  She earned her undergraduate degree in Violin Performance with Lucy Chapmann at The Boston Conservatory, where her quartet won first place in the 2002 Chamber Music Competition. Rachel is registered with both Long-Term and Short-Term Suzuki training from  Teacher Trainers Joanne Bath, Joanne Martin, Enid Cleary, James Hutchins, and Vera McCoy-Sulentic (Violin Volumes 1-10) and holds two Masters degrees from East Carolina University (Suzuki Pedagogy and Violin Performance). For more info about Rachel and local New Bern events and concerts, follow her @rachelviolin on Instagram and Facebook.

Booking Manager and Associate Music Director, Robert Burkett

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