Originally from Virginia, Rebecca Mindock received her bachelors degrees in Music and English Literature as a Monroe Scholar at the College of William and Mary before moving out west to pursue graduate degrees at the University of Colorado at Boulder. While in Colorado, Dr. Mindock performed actively throughout the Front Range. She was a member of both the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra and the Longmont Symphony Orchestra and also had the opportunity to play with the Boulder Bach Festival, the Denver Philharmonic, the Fort Collins Symphony, the Western Nebraska Chamber Players, and the Colorado Symphony. She served as faculty for the Boulder Arts Academy, the Parlando School for the Arts, and the University of Colorado, and appeared as a guest clinician and sectional coach at honor band events through the state. She completed her masters degree in Oboe Performance while studying with James Brody, and then continued on at the University of Colorado to complete her Doctor of Musical Arts degree while studying with Peter Cooper.
Dr. Mindock briefly served on the music faculty at Texas A&M University-Kingsville and, while living in Texas, was a member of the Victoria Symphony and performed with the Kingsville Symphony, the Corpus Christi Ballet Orchestra, and other musical organizations across South Texas.
Now living in Mobile, Dr. Mindock is the Assistant Professor of Double Reeds at the University of South Alabama, as well as the principal oboist of the Gulf Coast Symphony. She also plays English horn and second oboe with the Mobile Symphony, section oboe (and occasionally sub English horn) with the Pensacola Symphony, and subs with the Meridian Symphony. She also makes frequent return trips to the Rockies; she still plays with the Wyoming Symphony and she teaches oboe for the Junior Student Camps at the Rocky Ridge Music Center near Estes Park, Colorado during the summer. In addition to her duties with the university, she maintains a private studio for oboists and bassoonists in the Mobile area. Dr. Mindock performs recitals and gives master classes at schools across the country whenever possible.
Dr. Mindock is an avid proponent of new music and celebrates the work of living composers whenever possible. She has recently collaborated with composer Brian Joyce on both his Songs of Robert Burns (for which Dr. Mindock performed as part of the world premiere and the subsequent CD recording), the world premiere of his Missa Brevis, and the world premiere of his Petite Sextuor for oboe, string quartet, and harpsichord. She also collaborated with composer Rudolf Haken to perform an oboe, bassoon and piano trio adaptation of his Oboe Concerto at the 2015 International Double Reed Society conference in Tokyo, Japan. Her CD of music for oboe, bassoon, and piano trio, recorded with colleagues Dr. Kirsten Boldt-Neurohr and Laurie Anne Hunter, primarily features recently composed works and is available on Centaur Records.
Dr. Mindock is an avid traveller, and has already visited all 50 states as well as 23 countries on 6 of the 7 continents. When not teaching or making music, you can usually find her out on the water with her husband or at home reading while snuggling up with Bunsen and Gadget, her cats.