About Becca Barnett
Becca falls more and more in love with music every day. She is very passionate about teaching, and encourages her students to explore as many musical opportunities as possible as they find their voice through their instrument. Her most immediate goal for students is that music becomes a positive and enriching part of their daily lives, something that they can turn to not only as an outlet for creative expression, but also as a personal project that they enjoy working on. She believes that working on technique and musicality are equally important, and can be improved simultaneously. She also feels it is very important to approach each musician as an individual, with separate needs and goals from other students.
While at school, Becca plays in the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra, frequently holding principal positions. She is also an active member of the chamber music program, where she has advanced to the Honors Chamber Music recital several years in a row. In the spring of 2017, her quartet was selected to perform at the prestigious Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Furthermore, she has played in master classes for world renowned violists such as Larry Dutton, Ivo Jan Van Der Werff, Michelle LaCourse, James Dunham, and Doris Lederer. Outside of school, Becca performs with the Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra, and frequently travels as a freelance violist.
Becca enjoys traveling, especially when it involves performing. She has participated in the Colorado College Summer Music Festival, the Bowdoin International Music Festival, the Innsbrook Summer Academy and Festival, the Texas Music Festival, and the National Symphony Summer Music Institute. She was recently awarded the Louis Caplan Memorial Scholarship, and was the 3rd prize winner of the 2015-16 Encore International Music Competition for Strings. Additionally, she plays on a 1998 Kiernoziak viola and Seifried bow generously on loan from the Maestro Foundation.