Eliseo Rael

Adjunct Professor, Percussion
Mary Pappert School of Music

School of Music, Room 319
Phone: 412.396.6080


A.D., Duquesne University
M.M., New England Conservatory
B.M., University of North Texas

Eliseo Rael currently performs as principal percussionist of the chamber ensemble IonSound Project, and is joining the percussion faculty at Duquesne University fall 2012. He earned his Master of Music from New England Conservatory of Music and his Bachelor of Music from the University of North Texas, having studied with Will Hudgins, Kalman Cherry, Leigh Howard Stevens, She-e Wu, and Dr. Robert Schietroma. He most recently earned his Artist Diploma from Duquesne University where he studied with Andrew Reamer and Chris Allen.

Eliseo performs frequently with the Pittsburgh Symphony, and Wheeling Symphony. He has previously served as Principal Percussionist of The Pittsburgh Live Chamber Orchestra, Principal Timpanist with the Texas Wind Symphony, and the Arlington Opera. He has been a section percussionist with the Boston Philharmonic, Las Colinas Symphony, Irving Symphony, and the El Paso Wind Symphony.

Eliseo was also a member of the UBSVerbierFestival Orchestra in Switzerland. He was chosen for this orchestra in an international audition that included thirty-two countries, and over a thousand applicants. As a member he performed in the Verbier Music Festival, the Swiss Expo, and the World Economic Summit. In addition he played in some of the world's finest halls while on a 30 day European tour under the Baton of Music Director James Levine and gust conductor Mstislav Rostrapovich. He has performed with Chick Corea, and played under the direction of Kurt Massur, Rafael Frubeck de Burgos, Pavo Jarvi, Leonard Slatkin, Manfred Honeck, Erich Kunzel, Gunther Schuller, Marvin Hamlisch, Bobby McFerrin, and Eugene Corporone among others.

Eliseo taught privately in the Dallas area for two years before moving to Pittsburgh. His students have won numerous competitions and scholarship awards including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Modern Snare Drum Competition, the McKeesport Symphony Orchestra 2009 Young Artists Competition, Blackwood Theater Organ Society Scholarship competition, and Wheeling Symphony "Rachael Worby Scholarship" competition among others. His students have been members of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony, Three Rivers Youth Symphony, South Hills Jr. Orchestra, Dallas all-region band, Texas All-Area band, Texas All-State band, Ohio All-State Band, Ohio All-State Orchestra, Pennsylvania All-State band, Pittsburgh Honor Band, Pittsburgh Honor Orchestra, and have been winners of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Young Artist Competition. His students have also been accepted to New England Conservatory, Cleveland Institute of Music, Oberlin College, Michigan University, the University of North Texas, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and Duquesne University. He currently teaches privately in the in the Pittsburgh area. For a more complete list of student accomplishments and dates, see the Student Achievements page.

In addition to his private studio, Eliseo has also served as the Front Ensemble instructor at California University of Pennsylvania.