Rebecca Wishnia is an Oakland-based violinist and music educator whose mission is to empower students to be their best selves. She is the violin/viola instructor at Las Positas College and is also on faculty at the Crowden Music Center and the non-profit organization Villa Sinfonia. In her private studio, Rebecca works with enthusiastic violinists of all ages. In 2017, her teaching was the subject of a short documentary produced by SFGovTv.
When not teaching, Rebecca performs with orchestras, choruses, and opera and ballet companies throughout the Bay Area. She also brings engaging programming to senior and community centers (see upcoming dates here).
Raised in San Francisco by two cellists, Rebecca began her musical studies at the age of four. While a student at San Francisco’s School of the Arts, she began working as an apprentice teacher to young children, an experience that ignited her life-long interest in empowering fellow musicians. She continued her studies with Roy Malan at University of California, Santa Cruz, where she was a member of the Resident String Quartet and the recipient of several awards, including the Concerto Competition and the Hortense Zuckerman Prize.
As an educator, Rebecca is passionate about developing new pedagogical materials; her arrangements and other resources are available for download on her website. She also loves to explore obscure music, and is currently working on a recording of forgotten Romantic-era works for students. In her spare time, Rebecca contributes articles to San Francisco Classical Voice; her writing has also been featured in VAN Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. She is a member of American String Teachers Association.