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Rebecca Gilbert

Rebecca Gilbert
Rebecca Gilbert

Instrument: Flute

With the RPO since: 1996

Hometown: Lomira, Wisconsin

Non-RPO activities and hobbies: Yoga, Triathlon, Cooking/baking,  Mom to Julian and his baby brother due in February 2012.

What music school did you attend, and who were your most inspirational teachers? Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. Most inspirational teachers: Gwen Powell and Jeanne Baxtresser.

Favorite books/movies: Love reading the wisdom of Eastern Religion.  Favorite movie...Cinema Paradiso and Il Postino.

What kinds of music do you enjoy listening to? I love listening to great singers...Renee Fleming, Frank Sinatra, KD Lang.

And if you had to pick just one, what’s your favorite piece? Daphnis and Chloe by Claude Debussy

People would be surprised to know … that I have family roots from generations ago from Hammondsport, NY.

What do you most enjoy about living in the Rochester area? The community of people who so love music and the arts. 

What are your favorite restaurants in Rochester, and why? Lento and Rooneys....just excellent food, and in the case of Lento...locally produced organic food sources.

The RPO is essential to the Rochester community because … the music inspires and enlivens the community. No other art form can reach this intangible place in our hearts that makes us feel alive with the great dramatic intensity of our collective humanity. 

What sports team(s) do you root for? Not too much into team sports, but I do like the Red Wings.

Favorite late-night snack: Cheese and fruit.

What is your favorite way to spend your day off? Hanging at the park with my boys and dog Nala.

What is your most memorable musical experience? Our Mahler Symphony No. 2 performance with Arild Remmereit on Thursday night, Oct. 20, 2011. It was my first time to play this piece and I wept during the fourth movement thinking of the symbolism of new life. This is especially personal to me at the moment because I am celebrating the joy of creating a new family.



Since joining the RPO as Principal Flute in September 1996, Ms. Gilbert has illuminated the RPO’s classical and pops performances with her expressive and versatile playing. She also has performed as Acting Principal Flute of the St. Louis Symphony and Guest Assistant Principal Flute with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood. An active soloist/recitalist, Ms. Gilbert has performed with the Society for Chamber Music in Rochester, Live from Hochstein, Skaneateles Festival, Charleston’s Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the Charles Ives Center for the Arts Contemporary Music Festival and the Chautauqua Chamber Players. She is a regularly featured soloist with the RPO and has performed concerti with the St. Louis Symphony, the Charleston (SC) Symphony, Cincinnati Philharmonia Orchestra and the Penfield (NY) Symphony Orchestra.

A Wisconsin native, Ms. Gilbert began playing the flute at age nine and went on to attend the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, earning her master’s degree, and the Centre International de Formation Musicale in Nice, France. Ms. Gilbert teaches flute at Ithaca College and in her home studio and is a coach/mentor with the Rochester Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.

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