Janet Rarick is currently on the faculty of the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where she teaches Wind Chamber Music, classes in professional development and performance skills, and directs the outreach program. A former member of the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet Orchestras, she has also been an active recitalist in Houston since 1981.
Ms. Rarick is the creator of the Shepherd School of Music website Navigating Music Careers. This site explores many aspects of building and sustaining a career in music performance, and is an ongoing resource for students and professional musicians all over the world. She was a pioneer in the use of distance learning at the school through her webcast program Navigating Music Careers Interactive. Most recently she developed a prototypical course for the school titled Music and Performance: The Mind/Body Connection.