Rebecca is an active chamber musician, orchestral musician and teacher
in Chicago. She performs regularly with the Grant Park Orchestra, Elgin Symphony, Chicago Chamber Ensemble, and Camerata Chicago. Rebecca is a faculty member of Eastern Music Festival and has previously been on the faculty of Merit School of Music and Northwestern University Academy. In 2015, Rebecca opened Chicago Cello Studio in the historic Fine Arts Building on Michigan Ave and accepted the position of Chamber Music Coach for Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestras.
Before coming to Chicago, Rebecca was a member of Canton Symphony Orchestra in Ohio, Richmond Symphony in Virginia, New World Symphony in Miami and Northwest Indiana Symphony. Rebecca received her Master’s in Music from Northwestern University, Magna Cum Laude, under the instruction of Hans Jorgen Jensen and her Bachelor’s in Music, Cum Laude, from the Cleveland Institute of Music under the instruction of Stephen Geber.
Rebecca has been immersed in music from a very early age. She started taking piano from her mother at the age of four. At the age of eight, Rebecca saw Yo Yo Ma performing on PBS and immediately fell in love with the cello. She studied with Dajing Yang from the Shanghai Conservatory, James Wilson from the Shanghai Quartet and Neal Cary from the Richmond Symphony. In 1999, Rebecca made her solo debut with the Richmond Symphony performing Dvorak Cello Concerto in B Minor, and in 2000, she performed Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1 with the Eastern Music Festival Orchestra.
In her free time, Rebecca enjoys running, reading, writing, sewing, and walking her whippet-mix dog, Isolde.
As someone who has enjoyed music all her life, I can say with confidence that my goal as a teacher is to instill love, respect, and appreciation for music into the hearts of students. Music is a beautiful art form that not only teaches discipline and hard work, but also individuality and confidence. I will forever hold my first cello instructor in high esteem for introducing me to the masterpieces of the great composers and teaching me to love music. I did not learn on the Suzuki method, so although I use the Suzuki method in the beginner stages, I prefer a traditional method that incorporates note reading, music theory, and ear training rather than memorization and imitation. I believe that students who are taught to love music will be inspired to work hard, practice, and give music the respect it deserves. Expecting the best from a student requires consistency, persistence, patience, and love. Keeping standards high and expectations clear will help students focus on understanding music and mastering their instrument. Although I am a cellist, I am first and foremost a musician - the cello is simply my tool of choice for translating music. I believe that it is not only important to mold masterful, young cellists, but also to mold intelligent, well-rounded musicians and members of society.
Private lessons and group classes
Cello instructor for "Bridges" - an outreach program that takes classical music into Chicago public schools. Group class instruction and private lessons.