Kansas native Rebecca Walenz is currently pursuing a Doctor of Music in Trumpet Performance at Florida State University as a teaching assistant of Dr. Christopher Moore. Previously, she worked as an Instructor of Trumpet at Kansas State University and served as Principal Trumpet with the Salina Symphony. Rebecca received her Master of Music in Performance at the State University of New York at Potsdam, studying with Dr. John Ellis, and her Bachelor of Music in Performance at Kansas State University, studying with Dr. Gary Mortenson.
Rebecca has two solo recordings that feature popular repertoire for the intermediate to beginning advanced student trumpeter. Her most recent album, In the Light: Contest Solos for Student Trumpeters, was funded by The Presser Foundation $10,000 Graduate Music Award and is available for purchase on iTunes and at www.beckiwalenz.com. Rebecca has traveled internationally with a variety of university chamber ensembles and participated in exchange programs with the Paris Conservatoire and the Royal Academy of Music. She has performed with a variety of professional ensembles, including the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestra of Northern New York, and the Northern Symphonic Winds. Other significant performances include Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem at Lincoln Center in New York City and Marcel Bitsch’s Quatre Variations sur un Theme de Domenico Scarlatti as a semi-finalist in the 2016 National Trumpet Competition. Additionally, Rebecca serves as the editor for the journal, jr. column in the International Trumpet Guild Journal, where her articles reach trumpet players in 56 different countries.
Rebecca is married to Samuel Walenz, a 2009 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and currently a student at Florida State University College of Law. Together, the reside in Tallahassee, Florida.