The music of Rachel Lanik Whelan (b. 1992) has been performed by Omaha Symphony members, Orlando Cela, Choral Arts Initiative, SBO Wind Ensemble, KC Vitas Choir, and she has opened for Susan Werner at the Johnny Carson Theatre in Lincoln, Nebraska. She has collaborated with film and dance students at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Arizona, and was Head Production Assistant for the UNL Feature Film “DIGS” (2013). She received a Master of Music degree from the University of South Carolina, studying composition and running the New Voices student composer concerts and the Southern Exposure New Music Series. Her dedication to the performance of music by living composers is further evident in her work with Treefalls: New Music Series (501c3) in Spartanburg, SC, where she is Assistant Director. She is currently a PhD student in composition at the University of North Texas.