Degrees and Schools
- B.A., Indiana University, English and Journalism
- M.M., University of Idaho, Voice
Rebekah Demaree is a frequent concert soloist, having made multiple appearances as soprano soloist with the Classical Music Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, as well as the Dubuque (IA), Elkhart (IN), Spokane (WA), Washington-Idaho, and Waukesha (WI) symphony orchestras and the Dubuque Symphony Youth Orchestra. Rebekah’s chamber music and recital performances include Carnegie Hall (New York, NY), 31st Street Concert Series (Austin, TX), Chamber Recital Series (Eisenstadt, Austria), Rountree Ensemble (Madison and Platteville, WI), Isthmus Brass (Platteville, WI), Artist Recitals (Seattle, WA), Heritage Recital Series (Madison and Appleton, WI), Galena Festival of Performing Arts (Galena, IL), St. Paul’s Anniversary Recital Series (Fort Wayne, IN), and Fabulous Fridays (Madison, WI and Dubuque, IA). Ms. Demaree has performed radio broadcasts for Live from the Chazen on WERN, Wisconsin Public Radio and for KUT, Texas Public Radio. She is a Metropolitan Opera District Audition Winner and Regional Finalist, Seattle Northwest Artist, and Spokane Allied Arts Artist. Ms. Demaree was one of the singers involved in John Wustman’s six-year song recital series which toured and performed all of Franz Schubert’s lieder.
A graduate of Indiana University and the University of Idaho, Rebekah has also performed as soprano soloist in major concert works. Ms. Demaree was the soprano soloist for the European premiere of Jonathon David’s Stabat Mater while on tour in Italy. Other works include: Magnificat, Weihnachts Oratorium and Cantatas BWV 21, 51, 78, 79, 106 and 140 (Bach), Ninth Symphony (Beethoven), Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 52 and Op. 65 (Brahms), Requiem (Brahms, Fauré, Mozart, Rutter, and Verdi), Messiah (Handel), Harmoniemesse, Heiligmesse, Lord Nelson Mass, Missa Sancti Nicolai, Schöpfungsmesse, and The Creation (Haydn), Mass in c minor and Exsultate jubilate (Mozart), Elijah (Mendelssohn), Carmina Burana (Orff), Gloria (Poulenc and Vivaldi), and Mass in G (Schubert).
Rebekah Demaree is a founding member of Kassia: Women in Song, the UW-Platteville faculty vocal chamber ensemble comprised of Demaree and colleagues Susan Savage Day and Sharon Jensen. Kassia is devoted to distinctive programming with an educational component. Repertoire features female composers, female poets, chamber works with instrumentalists and seldom heard literature. The ensemble has performed over 30 recital programs in Wisconsin and Iowa since its inception in 2006. Last year marked the world premiere of “Not Long Enough” composed for Kassia by UW-Platteville Associate Director of Bands, Matthew Gregg. Rebekah has also commissioned an original solo work “Monna Innominata” by Eric Barnum which will premiere this year. Additionally, she has performed in the soprano section of the Isthmus Vocal Ensemble and the Heartland Singers, toured England, Scotland and Wales as soloist with the Midwest Chorale, and she will return to Europe next summer to sing in Leipzig’s Bach Anniversary Festival chorus.
Demaree's vocal studio at UW-Platteville is comprised of over 20 majors, minors and certification students from freshmen through senior recitalists. Her students have competed at the statewide NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) auditions, where they have placed as semi-finalists, finalists and winners. Singers from her studio have also performed on the UW-Platteville Student Honors Recitals and in the UW-Platteville Concerto/Aria competition, where they have won both the collegiate and high school divisions. Off-campus, Rebekah toured Latvia, Estonia and Finland this summer with the Drake Choir assisting with concert logistics for students from Drake University where she has also served as a guest master class clinician.
Rebekah Demaree’s other vocal teaching responsibilities include a year-long course of Diction for Singers. Demaree was awarded the first mini-sabbatical Lifelong Learning Grant from the College of Liberal Arts and Education to study Spanish language and culture. She is also an instructor for Piano Techniques I and Music Appreciation, and she maintains a private voice studio.