Rebecca Nederhiser, Apprentice Conductor
Rebecca Nederhiser is passionate about conducting, oboe performance and music education. A native Oregonian, she received her music education degree from Warner Pacific College and Master of Arts in Music from Washington State University.
As a conductor, Rebecca has studied under Mei-Ann Chen, Tim Robblee and Nicholas Wallin. She has conducted the WSU chamber orchestra, WSU Wind Symphony and most recently, the Hood River Sinfonietta. As an oboist, Nederhiser has performed with the Idaho-Washington Symphony, Mid-Columbia Symphony, and the Sinfonietta Orchestra. In 2010, Nederhiser was a finalist for the national Coeur d'Alene Concerto Competition and in 2014 was a featured soloist for the Sinfonietta Orchestra.
At Hood River Middle School, Nederhiser directed the band, choral and drama programs for six years. Under her tenure, the music program flourished and in 2014 was awarded a 240 K grant from the Oregon Community Foundation. Recognized for their innovative programming, high standards of excellence and vision for engaging under-served students, the grant’s results will be used as a model for future music education programs.
In her spare time, Nederhiser enjoys exploring local coffee shops, reading and hiking. She is currently learning to play the violin.