Canadian violinist Rebecca Hunter is an active educator and performer who now resides in Ann Arbor Michigan. She served as Assistant Professor of Applied Violin and Violin Pedagogy at the University of South Carolina School of Music (2010-2015), and was the founding director of the Suzuki Strings at USC program. While at USC, Rebecca also developed a Masters degree in Violin Pedagogy, taught chamber music, applied violin, violin pedagogy classes, performed with her colleagues, and established official ties with Saint Lucia School of Music, and Payap Univeristy in Chiang Mai Thailand. Rebecca has taught at various music camps, festivals, Suzuki workshops and institutes, adjudicated festivals and competitions, and led master classes across the U.S. and abroad. She has given presentations at regional and national conferences, and in Saint Lucia and Thailand. Presently, Rebecca runs a private studio in Ann Arbor (A2 Hunter Studios), teaches part-time at Eastern Michigan University School of Music and Dance, is a member of the Ann Arbor Suzuki Institute, and plays regularly with the Flint Symphony Orchestra.
As a performer, Rebecca has been a soloist with orchestras including the Chiang Mai Symphony, Kitchener Waterloo Chamber Orchestra, and Clarion Symphony Orchestra, and a section player with various orchestras including Hallé Orchestra in the UK and the Eugene Symphony. An avid chamber musician, Rebecca enjoys collaborating with her colleagues, and has performed numerous recitals in North America and overseas.
A native of London Ontario, Rebecca began her studies as a Suzuki student at the age of three. She later had the privilege of studying with such teachers as Dr. Robert Skelton, Gwen Thompson, David Russel, David Cerone, Wen Zhou Li, Susan Waterbury, Katherine Lucktenberg and Fritz Gerhart. She has also participated in master classes with Stefan Jackiw, Christian Tetzlaff, Arnold Steinhardt, Sydney Harth, William Preucil and Lara St. John.
Rebecca received her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in French from the University of Western Ontario, a Masters of Music in Violin Performance from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, England, a Masters of Music in Suzuki Pedagogy at Ithaca College with Sandy Reuning, and a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Oregon with a secondary area of Musicology. Rebecca is also a licensed Andover Educator, a somatic education which aims to train musicians to move according to their structure promoting facility and preventing injury and limitations. She completed her studies with Jennifer Johnson, AE Trainer and author of "What Every Violinist Needs to Know About the Body".