Rachel Johnstone is currently in her seventh year of band directing and is in her sixth year at Henry Middle School. Mrs. Johnstone teaches the Symphonic Band, the beginner clarinet, saxophone, oboe, and bassoon classes, and assists with the Honors and Concert Band.
During the 2013 – 2014 school year, Mrs. Johnstone was the associate band director at T.A. Howard Middle School in Mansfield ISD before returning to Henry Middle School in the fall of 2014 . During her time at both Howard Middle School and Henry Middle School, her bands received UIL Sweepstakes ratings each year and Best in Class honors at various festivals. She guest conducted the Henry Middle School Honors Band at their Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic performance in 2010, and at the Trombone Ensemble’s Midwest performance in 2012. In additional to those performances, The Henry Middle School Band was also awarded the prestigious John Philip Sousa Foundation Sudler Silver Cup in 2011, and was named the TMEA 2014 CCC Honor Band in the summer of 2013. The Henry Honors Band will again be performing at the Midwest Clinic in December of 2016.
Prior to starting her band directing career, Mrs. Johnstone was an active private clarinet instructor for various band programs in Leander and Round Rock ISD.
In 2008, Mrs. Johnstone earned a Bachelor’s degree in Clarinet Performance from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. While at Northwestern, she performed in the Northwestern University Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Contemporary Music Ensemble and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble under the direction of Dr. Mallory Thompson. Mrs. Johnstone has studied clarinet under Mary Schani, Leslie Grimm, Russell Dagon, Steve Cohen, and Lawrie Bloom. She was in the TMEA All-State Symphonic Band in 2003 and 2004, was a finalist in the University of Oklahoma Clarinet Symposium Young Artists Concerto Competition and the Austin Civic Orchestra Pearl Amster Competition, and a winner of the National High School Music Institute Honors Solo Competition.
Mrs. Johnstone’s professional memberships include the Texas Music Educator’s Association and the Texas Bandmaster’s Association. She also served as a faculty member for the Lone Star Clarinet Camp in the Summer of 2016.
Mrs. Johnstone lives in the Austin area with her husband, Ryan, who is the director of bands at Canyon Vista Middle School in Round Rock ISD.