Carnegie Hall: What are three things you love about music?
Rebecca: It’s always there, and it's a great place to escape to. It creates great communities and friends and is a great connecter and icebreaker. Lastly, some things are better explained or understood through music.
Carnegie Hall: What is the best musical advice anyone has ever given you?
Rebecca: It's better to make it musical than note-perfect.
Carnegie Hall: What do you love about your city or school?
Rebecca: Nashville is full of all different kinds of music! MLK Magnet High School is very diverse and unique and everyone there wants to succeed and do well. Even though MLK is an academic magnet school, it has a great band that I love being a part of.
Carnegie Hall: Tell us about your best musical day.
Rebecca: The Spring Band Concert at MLK was awesome. I always stay to hear every band (especially the Wind Ensemble), and they played O Magnum Mysterium by Morten Lauridsen. That piece really touched something inside me. It's so beautiful!
Carnegie Hall: What's the most important thing you've learned?
Rebecca: My three best: Listen to your heart, don't take things for granted, and don't (or at least try not to) stress!
Carnegie Hall: What are you listening to on your iPod right now?
Rebecca: Lots of Florence + the Machine and Coldplay! Also Eric Whitacre pieces: Equus, October, and Lux aurumque in particular. Also, O Magnum Mysterium never gets old! Oh, and Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings soundtracks.
Carnegie Hall: What is the story of your instrument?
Rebecca: My friends and I are very into Harry Potter, so my first clarinet was named "Aunt" (because we had an instrument family) Hermione. My wood clarinet's name is Maggie (partly after Maggie McGonagall).
Carnegie Hall: What is your motto? Your favorite quote?
Rebecca: "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass, but learning how to dance in the rain." - Vivian Greene