Music has been a very important part of my life ever since I can remember. It has brought my family together, consoled me, inspired me, and even more importantly has helped me connect with people all over the world that I now call my friends.
Growing up, I was not the top musician in my school or in college. Dare I say I was pretty average. However, that did not stop the passion of making music in me. Now, I am lucky enough to play and teach music every day and couldn't think of anything better I would rather do!
I want my students to understand that music is not just for those who are really talented or go on to be famous musicians and composers, it is for everyone, every day. And, it is something that you can take with you throughout your life. There are opportunities to make music everywhere. Sometimes you have to seek them out or invent them yourself, but that is part of the fun.
tcraig at sas.edu.sg
Some of Rebecca Watters' earliest memories are related to classical music. From wearing out the "belly dancer 8-track" at Grandma's house (Sheherezade: Stokowsy & Royal Philharmonic, 1976) to listening intently for Margaret Hunt to announce the title of a captivating piece on the local public radio station and jotting it down in crayon (Vaughan Williams: Serenade to Music), Rebecca's ears have always been wide open and keenly focused on classical music.
Training in classical piano and Horn have given her invaluable experience in understanding the musician's perspective which drives her every experience on the podium. Rebecca earned a Bachelor's in Music from Murray State University in Kentucky, and a Master's in Education from George Mason University in Virginia. Her further studies have included conducting with Peter Stark in the UK, and Horn with Jamie Hersch in Singapore.
A native Tennesseean, Rebecca has taught music in overseas International Schools since 2001. Her career path has taken her across the US, and around the world, first as a classical music radio host in Kentucky and Maryland, then a pre-school and music teacher in Shanghai, and presently a music teacher and conductor at Singapore American School, the largest single-campus international school in the world.
Rebecca has adjudicated and coached for the IASAS Cultural Convention in Singapore in 2005, 2012 and 2019. She has conducted at the Esplanade Concourse in Singapore with the ensemble now known as the Bishan North Horn Club, She became a composer in 2019.
rwatters at sas.edu.sg