Rebecca Cain is the second bassoonist of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, a position she has held since 2000. Originally from tiny Davidson, North Carolina, Rebecca received both a Bachelor of Music in Bassoon Performance and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from Oberlin College before completing her Master of Music degree at Arizona State University. Rebecca is a foudning member of Music from Greer, and a member of the Paloma Winds, a woodwind quintet based in Tucson. She has also performed at the International Double Reed Society Annual Convention and at festivals in Sarasota and Banff, and recital was the guest for Double Reed Weekend at Western Kentucky University. In addition to performing with the TSO, Rebecca is the Orchestra Personnel Manager for the orchestra and teaches for TUSD in the Opening Minds Through the Arts Program.
What music is on your iPod?
Most of what I listen to on my iPod is talk radio – Talk of the Nation and Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me. For music, I have lots of bassoon quartets and wind quintets, folk music both old and new, and whatever we’re about to play.
What was your first musical experience as performer or audience member?
I started Suzuki violin when I was four, but I come from a family of professional musicians, so my first memories of music are lots of organ playing and choirs. My mom would put my car seat up on top of the organ while she practiced!
Why did you choose your instrument?
I literally woke up one day and said, “I want to play the bassoon.” I have no idea why.
What is your favorite music to perform? Genre or specific piece
I love Tchaikovsky because all his bassoon parts are great. I also love to play anything I’ve never played before.
What do you do besides music?
I’m the orchestra personnel manager for the TSO, though I don’t suppose that really counts as besides music. I do triathlons, knit, and read for fun.
Where did you go to school?
Oberlin College and Conservatory, where I received both a Bachelor of Music in Bassoon and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion, and Arizona State University, where I received a Master of Music in Bassoon.
What are your favorite places in Tucson?
I love Reid Park, the Rillito River path, anywhere I can hike, El Molinito on 22nd St., and the pool in my backyard when the sun has just gone behind the Tucson Mountains.
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