Rebecca Nederhiser

Visiting Assistant Professor of Music

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Rebecca Nederhiser is a passionate conductor, scholar, and music educator. Currently the conductor of the Wartburg Community Symphony and Kammerstreicher, she also has served as the Associate Conductor to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Symphony Orchestra (UNL), co-director of the UNL Campus Orchestra, and Apprentice Conductor of the Wenatchee Valley Symphony.

Known for her collaborative spirit, Nederhiser has created unique orchestral experiences for performers and audiences alike. In 2017-2018, she partnered with the Central Washington Dance Academy and Central Washington Dance Ensemble, conducting performances of the The Nutcracker and Pucinella Suite. In 2019, she led performances of Arnold Schoenberg’s Pierrot Lunaire leading to the formation of the ensemble, the Trace Chamber Society (TCS). Performance highlights from TCS have included a NET broadcasted performance with the UNL Opera of Janáček The Cunning Little Vixen and a performance of Copland’s Appalachian Spring (Suite for 13 Instruments). Funded by a Hixson-Lied grant, Nederhiser received special permission from the Copland estate to pursue original choreography of the suite with the UNL Dance Program.

Through Trace Chamber Society, Nederhiser has pursued research of Schoenberg’s Society for Private Musical Performances and their chamber arrangement methodology. This has included highlighting the work of modern-day arrangers Iain Farrington from England and Peter Stangel from Germany. This October, she was also selected to co-present on her topic “Viewing the Score Through the Eyes of the Composer,” at the national College Music Society (CMS) convention held in Rochester, NY and the international CMS conference held in Columbia.

At Hood River Middle School, Nederhiser served as the Director of Music for six-years. Under her tenure, the music program flourished and in 2014 was awarded a $280,000 grant from the Oregon Community Foundation in partnership with Arts and Education of the Gorge. Recognized for their innovative programming, high-standards of excellence, and vision for engaging underserved students, the grant’s impact was featured in the 2017 winter edition of Oregon Education Association magazine.

Nederhiser has master degrees from Washington State University (oboe performance), Central Washington University (orchestral conducting), and her DMA in orchestral conducting from UNL. In her spare time, Nederhiser enjoys hiking, reading, cooking, traveling, and hanging out at her local coffee shops.