Flute and piccolo player, Rebecca Pancner (Tutunick) enjoys a passionate and creative lifestyle, balancing performing, teaching, and community engagement.
Rebecca joined the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra as their piccolo player in 2022. Previously, she was a member of The Orchestra Now, based in upstate New York.
As a soloist, Rebecca was a prize winner of the 2020 National Flute Association Piccolo Artist Competition, and the 2021 Walfrid Kujala International Piccolo Competition. She was the 2020 Indiana University Woodwind Concerto Competition Winner, a National YoungArts Winner, the 2015 Sunrise Pops Concerto Competition winner, the 2018 James and Helen Pellerite Orchestral Scholarship Competition Winner, and a 2018 BIG ARTS Classical Music Scholarship Competition winner. She has attended summer music festivals including Aspen Music Festival, Sarasota Music Festival, Chautauqua Summer Festival Orchestra, and Miami Music Festival.
As a teacher, Rebecca has given masterclasses for the Antofagasta Symphony of Chile, Cincinnati Symphony Youth Orchestra, and the Broward All County Middle and High School Bands. She also served as the Associate Instructor of Flute at Indiana University for the 2019-2020 school year, and has served as flute instructor for various community initiatives and primary and secondary schools. She also enjoys teaching flute and piccolo privately, both remotely and in person.
Rebecca earned her Master of Music degree in Flute Performance at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music where she was granted the Performer's Certificate. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree in Flute Performance from the University of Miami, Frost School of Music. She is indebted to her teachers Thomas Robertello, Trudy Kane, Melanie Lançon, and Ebonee Thomas. She also expresses her gratitude for the guidance she has received from Erica Peel, Nicola Mazzanti, Rena Urso, and Ian Clarke, among others.
When she is not playing her instruments, Rebecca is often going on adventures with her husband, Austin Pancner, teaching new tricks to her mini goldendoodle, Poochini, or working on her latest crochet project.