THE LAURIE & THOMAS W. HILL CHAIR
Sought after as a passionate and dynamic performer, Rebecca Willie maintains a busy career as a chamber and orchestral musician. Ms. Willie currently resides in Greensboro, NC where she serves as Assistant Concertmaster of the Winston-Salem Symphony and performs on the Classical Revolution Greensboro series with the Railyard Quartet as well as with Legal Wood Project, an ensemble performing chamber works for strings and percussion. In 2015, Ms. Willie was invited to join ProMusica Chamber Orchestra.
Before relocating to North Carolina, Ms. Willie was a member of the Nashville Symphony for 12 seasons working under conductors such as Leonord Slatkin, Carlos Kalmar, and Peter Oundjian. During her time in the orchestra, the NSO received 7 GRAMMY wins and 14 nominations for their recordings of current American composers. Ms Willie also traveled with the NSO to perform at Carnegie Hall on the Spring for Music series as the culmination of their eastern US tour in 2012.
In addition to performing, Ms. Willie serves as Executive Director of Music for a Great Space, a chamber music series in Greensboro. Previously, she was founder and Artistic Director of Eclectic Chamber Players which performed regularly across the Middle TN region including frequent appearances on Nashville Public Radio’s Live in Studio C and the OnStage series at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
Ms. Willie has continued to be a regular guest artist with the GRAMMY nominated Alias Chamber Ensemble. She has also performed on the chamber series of UNC Greensboro Summer Camp; Point Counterpoint Music Festival in Leceister, VT; Marrowstone Music Festival in Bellingham, WA; and Zephyr Music Festival in Northwest Italy.
Ms. Willie holds a Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Cincinnati and was a member of the New World Symphony in Miami, FL for her post-graduate studies.