Rebecca Lester, originally from Los Angeles, CA, holds a Master of Music degree in Viola Performance, studying with Roger Myers at the University of Texas at Austin. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Viola Performance from Azusa Pacific University, studying with Jonathan Moerschel of the Calder Quartet. Rebecca was on faculty for two years teaching violin and viola with the String Project at the University of Texas, led by Dr. Laurie Scott. She is an active teacher in the Austin area, working with Austin Montessori School, Akins High School, Austin Chamber Music Center, and her own private studio.
Rebecca has been committed to life-long learning, working to gain new ideas and tools to help every student with a specialized approach. She has completed the training for Suzuki books 1-3 in violin, and the overview course for viola books 1-3. Rebecca is a member of the American String Teachers Association and attended the national conferences in 2018 and 2019. She believes strongly in creating a positive teaching environment that also challenges the student to reach their highest potential.
Also an active performer and freelance violist, Rebecca has served as a member of the Round Rock Symphony for two years. She has performed with 2Cellos at the Frank Erwin Center, recorded music for renown guitarist/songwriter Richard Thompson, and has performed in venues like The Walt Disney Concert Hall, Zipper Hall at the Colburn School, the Egg Performing Arts Center and Le Poisson Rouge in New York, and more. She has attended music festivals such as the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival, The Next Festival of Emerging Artists, and Montecito International Music Festival.