Faculty | 2021-23
Rebecca Ciabattari has maintained a diverse career as a freelance performer and teacher of music, trombone and euphonium for over two decades. Currently, she is Principal Trombonist of the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra and serves as an Artist Affiliate of Trombone and Euphonium at Lycoming College in central Pennsylvania. In addition to freelance work, Rebecca is Director for music and dance school, St. John’s School of the Arts. She also works as music teacher at St. John Neumann Regional Catholic Academy, where she teaches everything from choral to instrumental to general music, grades Pre-K through 12.
Rebecca is featured trombonist with Paragon Ragtime Orchestra’s 19th recording, "Deuces Wild!" and soon to be heard with the group's latest production recorded in January 2023. She has been a touring artist with PRO since 2012, performing rarely heard works by composers such as Joplin, Irving Berlin, Gershwin as well as early 20th century underscores for silent film, carefully reconstructed by conductor and founder, Rick Benjamin. In addition, she is the primary euphonium specialist and 3rd trombonist featured on all 7 recordings with Burning River Brass, based out of Cleveland. Other recordings include Euphonium or Trombone work for publishing companies Ludwig/Masters or Southern Music.
Previously, Ciabattari held positions with the following orchestras during her career: Charleston(SC) Symphony Orchestra, Canton Symphony Orchestra, Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, Ohio Light Opera Orchestra, and the Graz Festival Orchestra. Past collegiate faculty appointments have included Case Western Reserve University, South Carolina State University, Hiram College, and Mansfield University. In addition, maintaining a diverse performing life has allowed her to work locally with groups such as the Williamsport City Jazz Orchestra, Lycoming Brass Quintet, Pit orchestra work for musical productions, and as a performer with the Billtown British Brass Band. She has performed frequently on either instrument for ensembles such as Blossom Band in Cleveland, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Erie Philharmonic and Rochester Philharmonic.
Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Music and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, a Master of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music and a Master of Arts in Music Education with Teacher’s Licensure from Case Western Reserve University. Devoted to both music and family, Ciabattari enjoys the multi-faceted environment Williamsport has to offer with her husband and three busy children.