Music Director and Conductor,
Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra
Professor of Conducting and Music Theory
Ph.D. - University of Texas
Office: 88 Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center
Phone: (319) 273-6272
Professor Rebecca Burkhardt joined the University of Northern Iowa faculty as Director of Orchestral Activities in 1988. Besides her duties as Music Director of the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra she is Music Director for the UNI Opera Theatre.
From Dialogue of the Carmelites and Madame Butterfly to Fiddler on the Roof and HAIR, her theater performances encompass the gamut of music-drama and musical comedy. She has appeared as guest conductor of the Moscow Chamber Orchestra, Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra, Opera Illinois and as Music Director of the Northern Iowa Youth Orchestra and the Dubuque Youth Symphony. Her performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 7 opened the Gala Concert inaugurating the new Gallagher-Bluedorn Performing Arts Center on the UNI Campus.
She visited Russia during a performance tour with the Northern Iowa Chamber Orchestra where she performed with the Moscow Chamber Orchestra and conducted the Symphony Orchestra on its tour of New York City. She toured Costa Rica with the Northern Iowa Symphony Orchestra and has performed as a guest conductor of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra on several occasions.
Dr. Burkhardt is a member of the music theory and conducting faculties at UNI, and active as guest conductor, clinician and performer. Most recent engagements include Conservatory Orchestra at Aunlay-sous-Bois (France) and Florida Gulf Coast University orchestras. She performed as guest clinician and conductor for the Iowa All-State Orchestra and conducted that same ensemble at the 2005 National Governor's Convention in Des Moines. She was given the Award for Faculty Excellence by the Iowa Board of Regents and served as the National President of the College Orchestra Directors Association (2008-2010).
Her new musical A Scotch Verdict, written in collaboration with UNI theatre professor Cynthia Goatley, was presented in a concert performance November 2008 as a part of Stages, a new musical festival sponsored by Theatre Building Chicago. A native of Texas, Dr. Burkhardt earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Horn Performance from Southwestern University (TX), a Master of Music Education degree from the University of North Texas, and her Ph. D. at the University of Texas, Austin.