Rebekah Soued’s passion and love for playing and the violin, as well as for teaching it to others is apparent in all her musical endeavors. Ms. Soued believes music, both in listening to and playing it, can change people’s lives and it is her goal to ensure those around her have access to it. As a result, she is a strong advocate for outreach and benefit programs that bring the gift of music to underserved people and areas.
In the pre-Covid world, Rebekah taught violin to English as a Second language high school students in Bowling Green, KY, through the Bridging Cultures through Music program started by Dr. Ching-Yi Lin of Western Kentucky University. This program made it possible for these students, many of whom are refugees, to have the opportunity to learn the violin. Due to cultural differences and limited class time, she comes up with creative ways to teach these students and make meaningful music. While completing her undergraduate studies, Ms. Soued taught elementary orchestra through the Be Frank Foundation in Durango, CO. This nonprofit brought orchestra programs to all the elementary schools in the Durango area, including those in underserved neighborhoods and rural areas.
Rebekah is passionate about teaching music in the private lesson setting. Currently, she is the violin instructor at Let's Make a Note Studio in Winchester, TN. Additionally, she offers lessons to students anywhere in the country via the online platform of Zoom. While completing her graduate studies, Ms. Soued was on the faculty for the Western Kentucky University (WKU) Pre-College Strings Program. Similarly, in her undergraduate years, she maintained a large studio in CO.
In addition to her love for teaching, Ms. Soued also has a love for performing. She has performed in venues in Colorado, Kentucky, and Tennessee, ranging from full orchestra performances in the Newman Center for the Performing Arts in Denver, to chamber and pop music performances in a tiny bandshell at Columbine Park in Silverton, CO. Most recently, she performed as concertmaster for the Southern Kentucky Choral Society's first concert since the Covid pandemic began. Additionally, she can be found performing with the Sewanee Symphony Orchestra. She held the position of concertmaster for the WKU Symphony while completing her graduate studies. During this time, she had the opportunity to play the concertmaster solos for Stravinsky's Pulcinella Suite. Additionally, she was a sub with the Paducah Symphony in Kentucky. While completing her undergraduate degree, Rebekah played regularly with the San Juan Symphony in Durango, CO. In solo recitals, she has performed well-known works such as the Barber Violin Concerto alongside lesser known works such as Improvviso in re minor, by the 20th century composer Nino Rota. Rebekah also has a passion for world music which resulted in her playing with the Pan-American Ensemble in Durango, CO. This group performed a wide variety of Latin American music including Mariachi, Argentinian tango, and Brazilian choros. Her most meaningful performances, however, have been those that she has given in nursing homes or the fundraisers for a worthwhile causes.
Ms. Soued completed her Masters Degree in Violin Pedagogy at Western Kentucky University in 2021, studying with Dr. Ching-Yi Lin. She received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Violin Performance from Fort Lewis College, studying with Drs. Brent Williams and Brandon Christensen. Additionally, she holds a Professional Certificate in General Music Studies from Berklee College of Music.
In addition to her love for music, Rebekah also has a great love for the outdoors and the mountains. She loves hiking, backpacking, kayaking, snowboarding, and snowshoeing, finding great inspiration in nature. She hopes to one day combine these two passions by creating a chamber music recital series in the remote, high mountain valleys of Colorado