Biography

A strong advocate of contemporary music, Rebekah Alexander has performed works by Jake Heggie, George Crumb, Gyorgy Kurtag, Georges Aperghis, Osvaldo Golijov, Elliott Carter, Kaija Saariaho and David Leisner as well as the premieres of several new compositions with Guerilla Opera, Time’s Arrow Ensemble, the Studio for New Music Ensemble, ALEA III, Boston Chance Orchestra, Boston University, New England Conservatory and soundSCAPE festival.  Past concert appearances include Danielpour Sonnets to Orpheus, Hartmann Fuhrwahr…?, Mozart Requiem, Messiaen Poemes pour Mi, Bach Magnificat, Faure Requiem, and Handel Messiah. Onstage Rebekah has appeared as Countess in Le Nozze di Figaro, the Second Lady in Die Zauberflöte, La Ciesca in Gianni Schicchi and Bubikopf in Der Kaiser von Atlantis.  She has performed with Opera Hub, Worcester Opera Works, Boston Opera Collaborative, Lowell House Opera, New England Light Opera, Opera Del West, and Longwood Opera.

Winner of the Pittsburgh Concert Society Grant in 2009, Rebekah has competed and advanced in several competitions including the International Boulanger Voice/Piano Duo competition, the Mario Lanza competition, the Arlington Philharmonic competition, the Young Concert Artist competition, the Koussevitzky Young Artists Award competition, the Concert Artists Guild competition, and the American Prize Art Song competition.  In April 2011, Rebekah was invited to participate in the prestigious Gaudeamus Interpreter’s Competition in Amsterdam, presenting repertoire involving electronics including Phonemena by Milton Babbitt.  Rebekah was invited to the soundSCAPE festival to work with renowned contemporary soprano Toni Arnold in July 2012, followed by l'Académie Internationale d'Eté de Nice to work with renowned song interpreter Dalton Baldwin.  An avid recitalist, Rebekah performed and recorded the June 2011 premiere of composer James Funkhouser’s song cycles “In Between Worlds” and “Dusk”.  In the 2012-2013 season, she toured in Massachusetts and New Hampshire with classical guitarist David McLellan, presenting an all-English program recital with songs by Lennox Berkeley, Britten, Stephen Dodgson, and David Leisner, exploring the journey of the poet/artist to find her own true expression.  The 2013/2014 season included a Boston recital with duo partner Christina Wright-Ivanova, honoring the work of composer Nadia Boulanger, as well as a chamber music recital in Princeton, NJ with pianist Akiko Hosaki and clarinetist Ken Ellison presenting works by George Crumb and Ned Rorem.

In January 2015, Rebekah joined the Lorelei Ensemble to premiere The Debrecen Passion by Kati Agocs with the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.  Commissioning new works by three local poets, she produced and performed in Desire: where it leads us, a hybrid collaborative arts recital experience which explored the question of desire in music, drama, spoken word, and film.  Invited to participate in the 2015 Summer Institute of Contemporary Performance Practice, Rebekah performed Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird by Lukas Foss and Litany for the Whale by John Cage.

 As a performance artist, Rebekah has performed at several spaces in Nashville including the renowned OZ Arts as part of the Modular Pod Arts Showcase in June 2016. Later in November, she premiered her first original work "LookMirrorBreakPoint" at the Queen Avenue gallery. In October 2017, Rebekah will repeat this performance and present a newly commissioned piece at the Via Affirmativa arts conference in Des Moines. Upcoming 2017 performances also include a new premiere by composer Robbie Lynn Hunsinger with the Chatterbird Ensemble in December.