Rebecca Cutler holds a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance and Orchestral Conducting which she received in 2011 from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois. While a graduate student, Miss Cutler served as a graduate teaching assistant to her violin professor, Dr Sarah Gentry, and performed in the faculty string quartet. She was Concertmistress of the Illinois State University Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra as well as playing in various chamber ensembles and was a finalist in the ISU Concerto Competition in January 2011. As a conductor, Miss Cutler directed the ISU Chamber Orchestra on several performances, under the supervision and instruction of her conducting professor, Dr. Glenn Block. She also taught violin for the Community School of the Arts at Illinois State University.
Miss Cutler received her Bachelor of Music degree in Violin Performance from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, graduating in 2008 magna cum laude. During her studies at PSU, Miss Cutler was active in many areas of the PSU music department, which included serving as Concertmistress of the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra and PSU Chamber Orchestra, participating in various chamber ensembles, playing trumpet in the PSU Wind Ensemble and jazz band, singing in the PSU University Choir, as well as accompanying for various soloists and ensembles within the department. As an undergraduate, Miss Cutler's chamber ensembles won the PSU Wadill Chamber Competition several years, she received awards for String Studies and Theory, and was the Priscilla Shrag Student of the Year in 2008. She was a soprano soloist with PSU University Choir in 2008 during their German/Austrian tour; was Concertmistress for the SEKSO for their performance of Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol in November 2006; as well as performing as a section violinist with North Arkansas Symphony Arkansas in Fayetteville, Arkansas from 2005-2007.
From 2009-2011, Miss Cutler was a contracted violinist with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra in Springfield, Illinois and also performed with other regional ensembles including the Heartland Festival Orchestra of Peoria. During the summer of 2010, she was in residence with the Ohio Light Opera Orchestra in Wooster, Ohio. She currently performs with the Symphony Orchestra of North Arkansas in Fayetteville and the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra in Pittsburg.
Miss Cutler has been active as a music teacher since 2002. She has been director of the string program at Christian Heritage Academy in Vernon County, Missouri since 2011, reaching more than 30 students K-12, and directing a high school string orchestra that has performed extensively in the Vernon County area, including a collaboration with the Nevada Community Council for the Performing Arts and their performance of Handel's Messiah in 2011 and 2012. Miss Cutler is currently on faculty for the Suzuki Violin Academy at Missouri Southern State University, as well as serving as adjunct instructor of violin and viola at MSSU and string instructor at Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School of Joplin.