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Rebecca Burkhardt

Rebecca Burkhardt
Professor of Conducting and Music Theory, Music Director and Conductor, Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra

Professor Rebecca Burkhardt joined the University of Northern Iowa faculty as Director of Orchestral Activities in 1988. Besides her duties as Music Director of the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra she is Music Director for the UNI Opera Theatre, and a member of the music theory and conducting faculties at UNI.

From Dialogue of the Carmelites and Madame Butterfly to Fiddler on the Roof and HAIR, her theater performances encompass the gamut of music-drama and musical comedy. She has appeared as guest conductor of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, Opera Illinois and as Music Director of the Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra and the Dubuque Youth Symphony. International engagements include Conservatory Orchestra at Aunlay-sous-Bois (France), the Chengdu Symphony Orchestra, and Orquestra Sinfônica da Universidade de Caxias do Sul(Brazil). She performed as guest clinician and conductor for the Iowa All-State Orchestra and conducted that same ensemble at the National Governor's Convention in Des Moines. She was given the Award for Faculty Excellence by the Iowa Board of Regents and served as the National President of the College Orchestra Directors Association (2008-10 and 2015-16).

Her musical, A Scotch Verdict, written in collaboration with UNI theatre professor Cynthia Goatley, was presented in a concert performance as a part of Stages, a new musical festival sponsored by Theatre Building Chicago.  Currently she is collaborating with Dr. Goatley on a new musical, Just Ann, based on the life of Texas Governor Ann Richards. A native of Texas, Dr. Burkhardt earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Horn Performance from Southwestern University (TX), a Master of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas, and her Ph. D. at the University of Texas, Austin. 

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Ph.D. - University of Texas