Rebecca Petra Naomi Seeman is a conductor, music educator, and nonprofit leader. She is the Interim Director of UC Choral Ensembles at UC Berkeley, where she conducts the UC Alumni Chorus and the Cal Chorale and advises several student-led ensembles. 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 has taught voice, music theory, and music history. She serves as Artistic Director of Sacred and Profane Chamber Chorus in Berkeley, California. Past positions include conducting and academic positions at University of California, Santa Cruz and the University of Iowa.
A citizen of both the U.S. and Sweden, Rebecca specializes in the Swedish music, particularly the music of the composer Karin Rehnqvist. She is committed to the intersection between the performing arts and social justice and to socially relevant and artistically compelling performance. 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. Commissions have included works by composers Trevor Weston, Karin Rehnqvist, Michael Bussewitz-Quarm, Loretta Notareschi, and Karen Siegel, and she has conducted multiple U.S. and world premieres.
Rebecca 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 studied conducting under Nicole Paiement, Eric Ericson, William Hatcher, and Timothy Stalter. She 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 certificates in Estill Voice Training.