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. Past positions include conducting and academic positions at University of California, Santa Cruz and the University of Iowa.
She is committed to the intersection between the performing arts and social justice and to socially relevant and artistically compelling performance. An adopter of the Black Voices Matter Pledge, concert programs and conference 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 has commissioned works from composers Trevor Weston (Martyrs, 2021), Karin Rehnqvist (Songs from the North, 2018), and others, and she has conducted multiple U.S. and world premieres.
She holds a BA in Vocal Performance 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 also holds an MNA from the University of San Francisco’s Masters of Nonprofit Administration program, with a focus in ADEI in the Performing Arts. Additional credentials include Estill Voice Training, ADEI and Anti-Racism Training, and Data Analysis.