Rebecca Oswald is an award-winning composer and pianist with many areas of experience and excellence, currently living in Oregon. In 1998 Rebecca earned her BMus in Music Theory and Composition, summa cum laude, from Westminster Choir College of Rider University. In 2001 she earned her MM in Composition from the University of Oregon School of Music.
In 2011 Rebecca released “Whereas”, a concept CD of thirteen original solo piano works inspired by poetry. In 2005 she released “October Wind,” a retrospective CD of thirteen original piano works dating from 1981 to 2005, and one art song for tenor and piano.
Rebecca has performed her original solo piano music for audiences all over the U.S. as well as in Canada, the U.K., France, Dominican Republic, and Spain. Since 2008 she has played many collaborative concerts with other solo pianists including David Nevue, David Rhys-Johnson, Mathew Tavis Johnson, Louis Landon, Neil Patton, Grammy nominee David Lanz, Joe Bongiorno, Joseph Akins, Micah Page, and Isadar. In October 2010 Rebecca joined with four other composer/pianists, Julio Mazziotti (Argentina), Lisa Downing (U.S.), Mario Lopéz-Santos (Spain), and Grammy nominee Suzanne Ciani (U.S.), in Cala Rajada, Mallorca, Spain, as presenting artists for the First International Gathering of Solo Pianists in Mallorca, Spain (El Primer Encuentro Internacional de Pianistas Solo, Mallorca, España).
In April 2011 two of Rebecca’s orchestral works (“Finding the Murray River” and “Sleep, Child”) were released by PARMA Recordings, on the Navona label, on the compilation CD “Light and Shadow: Modern Orchestral Works”. Both were recorded in March 2010 by the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Vit Micka, in Olomouc, Czech Republic.
Other highlights of Rebecca’s instrumental concert music catalog includes works for solo instruments including a piano sonata, various chamber ensembles, full orchestra, and a clarinet concerto. Additionally, Rebecca has written for all types and sizes of choral ensembles. Her choral catalogue includes both sacred and secular works, some with original texts; some works are a cappella, others accompanied. Her largest choral work is 22 minutes long, with full orchestral accompaniment and an original text. Many of Rebecca's concert works have won awards. Most notably, in 2014 she was a finalist for The American Prize in both choral music and chamber music, and a semifinalist for orchestral music. In 2015 her choral music again earned her finalist status for The American Prize, and one of her chamber works achieved Honorable Mention.
In June 2016 three fully staged performances of "Vía Láctea", a new, original two-hour opera in English, with music by Rebecca Oswald and libretto by Ellen Waterston, premiered at the historic Tower Theatre in Bend, Oregon. Presented by OperaBend, the performances featured seven world-class principal singers, chorus, boys' chorus, dancers, and a 28-piece orchestra.
Enjoying great variety in her musical output, Rebecca has also written a diverse body of music for media. She wrote, recorded, and produced the music for two popular CD-ROM strategy games (三國群英傳 I & II), released in Taiwan in 1998 and 1999, respectively. She composed, recorded, and produced the soundtrack for a three-hour video documentary series "A History of the University of Oregon" (2001, 2007), as well as the theme song for the weekly interview show UO Today. In 2014 she wrote and produced the theme song and soundtrack for a 19-minute pitch reel for the historically inspired dramatic adventure saga "Runestone", currently being considered for a feature film.
In 1996 Rebecca, functioning as lyricist, collaborated with composer Michael Hanian to write a beautiful, sacred, ecumenical song called "Pray, Tell Me How." It was recorded and released in 2001 with both vocal and instrumental versions on a 2-track EP CD (or MP3 album). So far there are eight different language translations of this song (with more on the way), and sheet music in all of these languages is available for FREE download from Rebecca's website online store.
For more information please visit Rebecca Oswald’s official website, www.rebeccaoswald.com.