Rebecca Sacks

Rebecca Sacks

Music Theory

Rebecca Sacks is a Boston-based composer and piano teacher. Rebecca completed an M.F.A. in composition and music theory from Brandeis University in 2014, and she graduated from Tufts University in 2006 with a B.A. in Music. Since 2008, Rebecca has taught private lessons in jazz and classical piano, music theory and composition. She also taught music theory, composition and choral singing in Tufts University’s Community Music Program, and private piano lessons in Brimmer and May School’s After-School Music Program. While at Brandeis, Rebecca studied music theory with Yu-Hui Chang and Martin Boykan (emeritus professor), and she studied composition with Chang, Boykan, Eric Chasalow and Melinda Wagner. As an undergraduate at Tufts, Rebecca studied music theory with Janet Schmalfeldt, composition with John McDonald, and West African music with David Locke.

Rebecca has a background in piano (classical and jazz), jazz voice, choral singing, and West African music of the Ewe tribe (of Ghana and Togo). From 2006-2008, she was a member of the Agbekor Society, and she sang the lead part during their performances of Agbadza. She currently sings with Chorus pro Musica, and plays piano in a jazz band. Rebecca’s training included participation in the European American Musical Alliance Summer Composition Program at the Schola Cantorum in Paris, where she studied counterpoint, harmony, and analysis in the tradition of Nadia Boulanger. In 2005, Rebecca received the Etta and Harry Winokur Award for Outstanding Achievement in Artistic or Scholarly Work from the Tufts Music Department. In 2007, she was a finalist at the Ithaca College Choral Composition Festival for her composition “The Mirror,” which was performed the previous year in Spain by the Tufts Chamber Singers.

Rebecca’s compositions have been described as having "hauntingly beautiful chord combinations" (The Tufts Daily). Her compositions have been performed by the Talea Ensemble, the Talujon Percussion Group, members of the Radnofsky Saxophone Quartet, the University of Alabama's Percussion Ensemble (under Tim Feeney), members of the Genkin Philharmonic, the Tufts University Chamber Singers and the Tufts University Chorale (under both Andrew Clark and Jamie Kirsch), Tufts’ West African Percussion Ensemble, the Mockingbird Trio, and the Cantata Singers of Elmira, NY, as well as other freelance musicians in the Boston area. Rebecca recently completed a solo piano piece for Thomas Stumpf, which is included on his 2017 CD with Albany Records entitled "Reflections on Time and Mortality.


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