B i o g r a p h y

       Rebecca Karu is a spirited horn player based in the NJ/NYC areas. As an up

and coming performing artist, she demonstrates versatility in both her

musicianship, and as an educator within the music community. Along with being

an impassioned musician, Rebecca has an ardent devotion to artistic development.

      Rebecca attended Montclair State University where she received her

Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance. During her time there she studied with

Jeff Scott, who has and continues to be a great friend and mentor.  She played with

the Cali Quintet and performed frequently with them for concerts throughout the

area. She was also selected to perform a joint concert with Towson University

and Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland where they performed

Mahler's Symphony No. 2 under the baton of Julian Benichou. Rebecca continued

to perform in the orchestra, playing other major works like Tchaikovsky's

Symphony No. 5, Dvorak 9, Saint Saëns Symphony No.3, and ended her time at

Montclair on a high note as principal horn performing Mahler's Symphony No. 1.

   

     Her studies have continued at The Mannes School of Music in New York City

where she will complete her Masters degree in Music Performance in May, 2021.

She is currently a student of the brilliant soloist, David Jolley. She is an active part

of the Orchestra, playing Principal horn for works like Mendelssohn's Midsummer

Night's Dream, and was also orchestra member of the Opera production of Turn of

the Screw by Benjamin Britten in 2019. Rebecca plans to further her education

and pursue a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in the Fall of 2021. 

      Rebecca was a four-time participant of the Imani Winds Chamber Music

Festival. She also attended the Sewanee Summer Music Festivalin 2016 where she

placed into the top orchestra, and was a student ofAlexander Shuhan. In 2018, she

was accepted into the AIMS Wind Academy in Solsona, Cataluna, Spain and was

awarded the GREMI grant; a full scholarship to the program sponsored by GEMC

Publishers. She then had the opportunity of performing the solo piece she

submitted for the grant application, La Tarara by Juan Carlos Lax Santa, twice over the course of the festival. She was the first Wind Academy participant and the only American that year to win the scholarship. While attending the Academy, she studied with Scott Brubaker of the Metropolitan Opera. 

     Rebecca was a horn player for Opera Italiana in NYC; a concert celebrating Italian Opera works, held in Central Park midsummer in both 2018 & 2019. She played assistant horn for Scott Brubaker in 2018, and fourth horn in 2019. Rebecca is currently second horn with the Fairfield County Chorale based in Norwalk, CT. 

     As an advocate for musician's health, Rebecca has her own blog entitled, Mind Over Practice: Integrated Perspectives on Health and Performance. Her blog addresses topics that range from Performance Anxiety management, to how to schedule productive practice sessions. She emphasizes the importance of prioritizing our health, mind, and general well-being as artists to then later enhance our performance abilities. She also holds a certificate in Essentials of Performing Arts Medicine from the Performing Arts Medicine Associate (PAMA) in conjunction with the American College of Sports Medicine. Rebecca is also an active member of PAMA. Additionally, Rebecca recently gave a masterclass on Performance Anxiety at the 2020 Urubrass Festival, and she also gave a masterclass for Echo: Musicians Connect on How to Uncover Your Artistic Confidence.

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