Rebecca Powell Garfield is the Principal Flutist of the Austin Symphony, Second Flute/Piccolo with the River Oaks Chamber Orchestra, and a substitute with the Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet Orchestras. She was previously performed as solo piccolo with the Houston Symphony for six years, and also has performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Napa Valley Symphony, and Des Moines Metro Opera Orchestra.
Her performances have been heard on NPR’s Performance Today, several commercial recordings with the Houston Symphony, the soundtrack for Spy Kids 2, and Houston Grand Opera’s world premiere recording of Carlisle Floyd’s opera Of Mice and Men.
An avid competitor, she has won First Prize in several competitions, including the Myrna Brown Artist Competition of the Texas Flute Society, the National Flute Association Orchestral Audition Competition, the Mid-South Flute Society Young Artist Competition, and the San Francisco Conservatory Concerto Competition. Additionally, she was a Semifinalist in the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition.
Rebecca began her flute studies with Ruth Ann McClain in Memphis, Tennessee. She holds degrees from Indiana University and the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she studied under Jacques Zoon, Thomas Robertello, and Timothy Day, respectively, as well as with Barbara Kallaur on the Baroque Flute.
Rebecca volunteers her time with the Houston Flute Club and teaches privately from her home in Houston, where she lives with her husband, Simon, and son, Oliver, as well as two cats and nine fish.