Rebecca McDaniel

Rebecca McDaniel, Office Manager and Development Associate

Rebecca is passionate about sharing music with others and about supporting the creativity of young musicians. She grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, learning piano from her mom and Paul Simon tunes from her aunts and uncles. She attended Furman University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Earth and Environmental Sciences. After a year working in Furman’s Shi Center for Sustainability and teaching high school percussion, she moved to Columbia, MO, to pursue her Master of Music at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Her teachers were Omar Carmenates, Megan Arns, and Brandon Robertson.

Dedicated to sustainable living, Rebecca is particularly fascinated with eco-centric music. She loves to unite her academic disciplines by facilitating dialogue between artists and scientists. An active chamber percussionist, Rebecca is privileged to work often with contemporary composers, especially with her Missouri-based percussion trio, Rare Form. She also teaches percussion lessons to students of all ages. When she isn’t playing or teaching music, she is most likely found hiking, biking, or curled up in the sun with a good book.

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