Rebecca Whitling* has been a member of the first violin section of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra since 1995. Originally from Edmonton, her principal teachers were Ranald Shean, Mauricio Fuks, Paul Biss, and Sally Thomas. Rebecca is a graduate of McGill and Indiana Universities and an alumna of the New World Symphony. She has appeared as a chamber and orchestral musician at Tanglewood, Schleswig-Holstein, Colorado, Ojai, Cabrillo, Mountain View, and Blue Ridge Music Festivals.
Rebecca has performed as soloist with the Vancouver Philharmonic, the Semiahmoo Strings, the Prince George Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and the Hard Rubber Orchestra. With the aid of the BC Arts Council, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Little Chamber Music Series, she has premiered works written for her by Giorgio Magnanensi, Ian McDougall, and Jocelyn Morlock.
As the Violinist and Co-Artistic Director of Standing Wave, one of Canada’s leading Contemporary Music Ensembles, Rebecca has commissioned and premiered works by many of Canada’s leading composers, has toured across Canada, and has recorded 3 CDs, including New Wave, for which the ensemble was named 2017 Artist/Ensemble of the Year Award at the Western Canada Music Awards.
Rebecca is the newly appointed Violin Instructor at Capilano University and is also on faculty at the VSO School of Music