Professional Biography – Long Version
Rebecca Petra Naomi Seeman is a conductor, music educator, and nonprofit leader. She is a faculty member in the Performing Arts and Social Justice Department at the University of San Francisco, where she conducts the Classical Choral Ensembles and teaches voice, music theory, and music history. She serves as Artistic Director of Sacred and Profane Chamber Chorus, an advanced volunteer nonprofit ensemble in Berkeley, California. She has held conducting and academic positions at University of California, Santa Cruz, University of Iowa and at numerous synagogues and churches.
She is committed to the intersection between the performing arts and social justice. An adopter of the Black Voices Matter Pledge, concert programs and presentations have included a collaboration between the Norfolk men’s prison music group in Boston and the USF Classical Choral Ensembles, anthems of persecuted communities, Alzheimer’s disease, shared culture between Islamic and Jewish Semitic traditions, and more. Collaborations have included programs with the Lesbian/Gay Chorus of San Francisco, the Venezuelan V-Note Ensemble, Haitian percussionist Jeff Pierre, the Oakland Youth Chorus, and the William Winant Percussion Group.
She holds a BA in Voice and an MA in Performance Practice and Conducting from the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a DMA in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy from the University of Iowa. She is currently a student in the University of San Francisco’s MNA program, with expected completion in August 2021 and a focus in ADEI in the Performing Arts. Additional credentials include Estill Voice Training, ADEI Training, and Data Analysis. Her areas of professional competence include diversity awareness, program planning, and nonprofit management, and she is interested in the higher education, music leadership, arts administration, foundation, and consulting sectors.