Board Nominee for President-Elect:
Dr. Rebecca MacLeod is Professor of Music Education at the University of North Carolina Greensboro, where she directs the string education program and conducts the UNCG Sinfonia. She is the author of Teaching Strings in Today’s Classroom
. A passionate advocate for increasing access to string education to all students, Dr. MacLeod directs two community partnership programs that provide string instruction to underserved students: the Lillian Rauch Beginning Strings Program and the Peck Alumni Leadership Program. Students of these programs have performed for Dr. Maya Angelou, Dr. Gloria Ladsen-Billings, and the Sphinx Virtuosi. Her research on working with underserved populations, vibrato technique, music teacher education, and music perception has been presented nationally and internationally. Dr. MacLeod received her undergraduate degree from Duquesne University and her MME and PhD from Florida State University. She is a frequent guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and abroad.
How will your commitment and passion for strings further ASTA’s current vision statement: Enriching lives through universal access to fine string playing and teaching
My string teaching career has been fueled by the belief that all children should have the opportunity to study a string instrument, if they desire. I chose to become a public-school orchestra teacher because I was committed to increasing access to string instruction for all students regardless of background or socio-economic status. My choice to transition to a university position was driven by the idea that increasing the number of trained orchestra teachers would increase access to quality string instruction. ASTA has done a great deal towards making this ideal a reality.
The challenge we face as an organization is remaining relevant in a rapidly changing society. I believe that our future success relies on our ability to adapt by embracing diversity and inclusion. When I reference diversity, I mean it in the broadest sense of the term, including diversity in people, thought, and musical practice. ASTA can continue to grow by including a wide variety of string musicians with a wide variety of professional goals. The more we embrace diversity and admire one another’s strengths, the stronger we will be. I have been an active member of ASTA since 1994, and I am humbled and honored to be considered for the position of president-elect.