Rebecca Bryant Novak is the Associate Conductor of National Philharmonic, where she conducts Summer String Institute, Montgomery County Public Schools 2nd Graders Concerts, and the Johansen International Competition Showcase Concert, and serves as the assistant conductor for the National Philharmonic Chorale.
Last season, she guest conducted Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, where she conducted the U.S. premiere of Oana Vardianu’s Genesis, and studied at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music and the Romanian Chamber Orchestra Conductor Master Class with Cristian Măcelaru. She has conducted in master classes with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Southwest German Philharmonic, Bohuslav Martinů Philharmonic Orchestra, among others, with teachers including Gerard Schwarz, Atso Almila, Johannes Schlaefli. She studied conducting at the University of Cincinati College-Conservatory of Music and the Peabody Institute.
She is the creator and conductor of SoundWebs – a concert series and commissioning project that explores wordless music in surprising sonic spaces – and The Listening Lab – an educational concert program that teaches students intentional listening skills. A first-generation college graduate, she is committed to access in education and has served as a teaching artist with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s OrchKids, MyCincinnati, and the Peaslee Neighborhood Center.
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