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Rebecca Tyree

  • Assistant Professor
  • Choral Music Education and Choral Ensembles
  • Phone: (804) 828-1360
  • E-mail: rtyree2@vcu.edu
  • Office: James W. Black Music Center, Rm. 1005

Rebecca Tyree currently serves as Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. In 2007 she founded the VCU Women’s Choir, a select ensemble performing music of all styles with a focus on new works by living composers.  Ms. Tyree is a frequent guest conductor for honor choirs throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, and regularly serves as adjudicator and clinician for music festivals and state events. She was the Artistic Director and Conductor of The Chamber Chorale of Fredericksburg from 1993-2003, where she commissioned and premiered new choral works.

Ms. Tyree brought to VCU Music over 25 years of public school secondary choral experience.  In her last position, as Department Chair and Choral Director at Hermitage High School in Richmond, VA, she created the Fall Masterworks Series, performing a major choral work with full orchestra annually. Her choirs toured nationally and internationally, performing in venues including the Cathedral of St John the Divine in NYC, the Teatro Romano in Verona, Italy, and at Virginia ACDA and VMEA conferences. She was named Music Educator of the Year for Henrico County Public Schools in 2000 and received the Gilman Award for Excellence in Education from HCPS in 2003.

Rebecca holds a BME from Virginia Commonwealth University, an MM from the University of Maryland, and is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda.  She served as President of the Virginia Chapter of ACDA (American Choral Director’s Association), where she coordinated a tri-state music conference with internationally known clinicians for multiple summers. Additionally she served as Repertoire & Standards Chair for Community Choirs for Virginia ACDA, board member of the Fredericksburg Fine Arts Commission, and host/chair for many District VMEA events during her tenure as a public school music educator.  At VCU she hosts the annual invitational Fall Choral Classic and in 2011 founded the VCU Vocal Arts Project, a summer choral and performing arts camp for grades 6-12.