Rebecca is an adult student who has been taking violin lessons for 3 years. Her dad’s side of the family was very musical. They would play bluegrass and Irish music, guitar, banjo, and mandolin, and they were all self-taught! Rebecca was a figure skater until her late 30’s, and even shared a memory of skating to Mozart’s 3rd Violin Concerto. After she moved on from skating, Rebecca decided to try something new. She had inherited a violin and wanted to learn how to play. In fact, Rebecca’s great-grandfather, Carson Dobbins, born in 1897 in West Virginia, made her violin! It is made from 100 year-old aged wood from Germany, modeled after a 1712 Stradivarius. So far, her favorite pieces she has played are Dvorak’s Humoresque, and Inisheer and Irish Waltz, in which she did at her first Apollo recital. She would like to acknowledge and thank her husband for encouraging her and letting her practice while he sleeps, and also thanks her family for their support.
A note from her teacher:
“Rebecca is a natural student that we could all do well to emulate. She is well organized and finds enough time to practice most days despite having a full time job. She has the highest respect for the music she plays and has a great appreciation for different genres of violin playing. She works very hard and has progressed quickly as a result, doing in one year what takes many students several years. Rebecca has proven to me that adult students can learn to play well and that hard work in music does not go unrewarded.” - Josh Malave