Delta David Gier, music director of the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra

Dr. Wael Farouk, piano, Faculty at Manhattan School of Music

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Rebekah Edewards

Rebekah Edewards began her musical studies on violin at the age of 7 in Rapid City, SD. She and her family moved to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan when she was 11 and from there traveled to Chicago for lessons with Lyric Opera’s then principal 2nd violinist, Hilel Kagan. In 2004 she was a winner of the outstanding young artist competition for the state of Michigan. Ms Edewards attended the Cleveland Institute of Music on violin for her bachelors degree where she studied with Linda Cerone & David Russell. In her junior year she switched her major to viola performance studying with Cleveland Orchestra violist, Mark Jackobs. Upon graduation was awarded the annual Horace & Marie Arnold Viola award for most improved violist. Ms Edewards spent her summers at the Meadowmount School of Music, ENCORE school for strings, the Blossom Music Festival, MasterWorks Festival, Verbier Festival (Switzerland), the Cabrillo Festival in San Jose, California, and most recently with the Boston Symphony (BSO) at Tanglewood. She has held positions in the Akron Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, the Minnesota Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, and most recently the BSO. During her tenure in Charlotte she was a featured soloist performing the Walton viola concerto under the direction of music director, Christopher Warren-Green. She has toured with the Verbier Festival Chamber Orchestra to China, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra on their 2016 European tour, and the BSO to Carnegie Hall, Japan (2017), and Europe in 2018. Ms Edewards is married to Joshua Edewards. They have 3 children and now reside in Cincinnati, Ohio.