Mrs. Nixon taught string programs in Bowling Green and Toledo, Ohio and at Woodside High School in Newport News, Virginia. She taught Summer Institute for Strings at Bowling Green State, judged All-City and Regional Orchestra auditions, and conducted the Newport News All-City Middle and High School Orchestras. She also attended several local and state workshops and sponsored the Tri-M Music Honors Society while teaching at Woodside High School.
Currently, Mrs. Nixon conducts the PYO Sinfonia and performs whenever she gets the opportunity.
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As a teacher, she has worked with students of all ages, from high school orchestra and guitar classes, middle school youth orchestras, and beginning strings classes at the elementary school level. In addition to her classroom experience, Rebecca has taught private lessons since she was seventeen years old and has worked with students ranging in age from four to sixty-five.
Rebecca holds a bachelor’s degree in music education from James Madison University, but her most recent academic pursuits include graduate degrees in music performance from The Boston Conservatory and East Carolina University. At East Carolina, Rebecca was a regular participant in the Four Seasons Next Generation program, where she played alongside faculty members Ara Gregorian, Hye-Jin Kim, Emanuel Gruber, Keiko Sekino, and guest artist Zvi Plesser.
As a performer, Rebecca is passionate about collaborating with composers to perform and promote their work. Together, she and her husband Paul co-founded and co-direct New Music Norfolk, a concert series that strives to bring together local performers and composers to share and promote contemporary art music for the benefit of Norfolk and surrounding communities.