by the Los Angeles Times as “Inspiring and
Accessible” RACHAEL WORBY, conductor, is distinguished
as a visionary in the orchestral world, and celebrated
for her extraordinary talents, exuberant style, and versatile
command of all musical genres.
As Music Director of The Pasadena POPS Orchestra
Ms. Worby has been instrumental in the expansion
performance season, and its national and local profiles.
She has brought national attention to the orchestra
by appearing in the internationally televised Rose
Parades since 2001 and has brought her orchestra to
the Rose Bowl July 4th celebrations.
She has expanded the institution’s
outreach programs to underserved communities, securing
funding for programs in South Central Los Angeles
and Pasadena. Ms. Worby is also Artistic Director and
of the American Music Festival in Cluj, Romania,
and Laureate Conductor of the Wheeling West Virginia
She has been honored with the Spirit of Achievement
from Albert Einstein College, the Women of Excellence
from the YWCA, a Doctor of Humanities from Marshall
University, a Doctor of Letters and the Presidential
Medal of Honor
for her consummate lifetime achievements from Claremont
In 1994, she received a Presidential appointment
to the National Council of the Arts and in 1990 was
for an ACE Award for programs she created, narrated
and conducted for the Disney Channel.
Previous posts include Music Director and Conductor
of the Young People Concerts at Carnegie Hall in
City (1984-1996) and Assistant Conductor to the
Los Angeles Philharmonic (1984-1987).