Rebecca Nederhiser, Apprentice Conductor
Rebecca Nederhiser is passionate about conducting, oboe performance and music education. Currently, Rebecca serves as Assistant Conductor of the Central Washington Symphony Orchestra and Apprentice Conductor to the Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra. In December 2016, Nederhiser collaborated with the Central Washington Dance Ensemble to conduct the live orchestral music for their production of The Nutcracker; one of the first collaborative projects of its kind.
As an oboist, Nederhiser has performed principal and supporting roles within the Wenatchee Valley Symphony, the Idaho-Washington Symphony, the Mid-Columbia Symphony, and the Hood River Sinfonietta. 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 musical theater programs for six years. Under her tenure, the music program flourished and in 2014 was awarded a $270,000 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation. Recognized for their innovative programming, high standards of excellence and vision for engaging underserved students, the grant’s results were recently featured in the 2017 winter edition of Oregon Education Association magazine.
As a native Oregonian, Nederhiser received her music education degree from Warner Pacific College and Master’s in Music (Oboe Performance/Conducting) from Washington State University. In her spare time, Nederhiser enjoys exploring local coffee shops, reading and hiking. She is currently learning to play the violin.