Rebecca Scott, Ear Training faculty, was born in New Brighton, Pa. She received her bachelor’s degree in piano and vocal and choral education from Eastman, where she studied conducting with Herman Genhart, piano with Armand Basile and Orazio Frugoni, and voice with Anna Kaskas and Carol Bergey Skarimbas. She received a Master of Science in choral conducting from Juilliard, studying with Abraham Kaplan, Dennis Russell Davis, Jorge Mester, and Leonard Slatkin, and won the Walter Damrosch Prize upon graduation. Postgraduate studies took her to Graz, Austria, on a fellowship grant to study voice and opera coaching at the American Institute for Musical Studies. Scott worked with John Nelson for seven years as assistant conductor of the Pro Arte Chorale, N.J. For three years she was choral director/music teacher for grades 5–12 in Ridgefield Park, N.J., and staff pianist at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She taught ear training at Rutgers University while conducting the Voorhees Choir and the Rutgers University Musica Sacra Chorus.
At Juilliard in 1969, she designed and developed a solfège curriculum for the newly renamed Pre-College Division and began a choral program, teaching in the latter for more than 35 years. In the college division, where she continues to teach ear training, she formed and conducted the Juilliard Chamber Chorus and planned and coached a repertoire for the Juilliard Singers. Under the direction of George Balanchine, she designed and set up a music training class for the B2 class at the School of American Ballet.
Scott is the founding artistic director and conductor of Cantabile Chamber Chorale, N.J., now in its 31st season, and has directed the ensemble in dozens of commissions and premieres. A lyric soprano who loves performing contemporary music, she has sung with various chamber ensembles and has given premieres by Otto Luening, Meyer Kupferman, Eric Ewazen, and others.