Since she was 2 ½ Rebecca Reale has played violin and now the 20-year old Mohawk native has been chosen to play in the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra, a music festival held annually in north Germany.
The Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra is an orchestral academy founded by Leonard Bernstein in 1987. Modeled after the American Tanglewood festival, Bernstein envisioned the academy as a center for training young musicians of the highest caliber.
Auditions are offered each winter in 30 cities across North and South America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East to more than 1,200 young artists.
Based on these performances, a jury admits approximately 100 handpicked musicians, 26 years of age or younger, to the academy.
This past January Reale auditioned in Houston, Texas, where she attends the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University. About a month and half later Reale said she received word she was accepted into the program.
Over the course of eight weeks during the summer Reale said she’d be spending her time performing once a week with well-known conductors from all over the world.
“It’s a great opportunity because I’m going to be able to spend time with a lot of musicians I wouldn’t of been able to work with before and it’s really going to open doors to my career,” she said.
Although the program is based in north Germany Reale will also have the opportunity to tour and travel throughout the country and play with the orchestra in several cities.
No stranger to playing violin Reale has grown up traveling to different cities throughout the United States learning how to master her craft.
Reale started training locally with several instructors.
“I began working with my first music teacher, Mildred Carney of Middleville, when I was 2 ½ and I don’t really remember a lot about it, but she really gave me the foundation for musical influence and ever since then I have always played the violin,” she said.
Other local instructors Reale worked with in the Central New York area were Alyson Sklar of Utica and Nancy Peschko of Syracuse.
Reale also performed locally and attended several music schools in the area including the Syracuse Youth Pre-Orchestra and Munson-Williams-Proctor At Institute.
Reale attended Fisher Elementary School for a short while and when she was in fourth grade she moved with her family outside of Orlando, Fla.
When she was 15-years old, Reale attended Walnut Hill School for the Arts in Boston where she would study violin and went on to play at the New England Conservatory.
For a short time Reale also attended the School of Music at Ithaca College.
Reale is the granddaughter of Evelyn Reile of Mohawk and the daughter of Roberta and James Reale, originally from Mohawk.
Page 2 of 2 - “Rebecca is an amazing kid, every time I thought she reached a plateau she jumped to a new mount. She’s a dedicated musician and very attentive and particular about playing and that’s what made her so good, she’s so critical and always sees room for improvement,” said James Reale.
One of the reason’s Reale plays is because of her grandfather’s musical influence.
“My dad and Rebecca’s grandfather, Don Reile, played classical music and he thought it would be great if she could play classical music on the violin so we started her early,” said James Reale.
Rebecca Reale has been accepted in to a music camp in Sarasota, Fla., where she will study for three weeks at the start of the summer and shortly after she will leave for Germany to perform in the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra.