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, Rebecca served as a graduate teaching assistant to her violin professor, Dr Sarah Gentry, and played second violin 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. Rebecca was a finalist in the ISU Concerto Competition in January 2011 playing the Sibelius Violin Concerto. She also was a contracted violinist with the Illinois Symphony Orchestra in Springfield, Illinois from 2009 to 2011. As a conductor, Rebecca directed the ISU Chamber Orchestra on several performances, under the supervision and instruction of her conducting professor, Dr. Glenn Block.
Rebecca 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, Rebecca 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 many 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, Rebecca’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.
Rebecca has taught private violin and viola since 2002. She currently teaches students in Joplin, Carl Junction, and the Northeast Vernon County area where she also directs a string orchestra of high school and college students. Rebecca also is currently working as a preschool aid at the NEVC school district in Schell City, Missouri.