Dr. Rebecca Hagen Watson serves as the Chair of the Department of Music Education and Associate Professor of Music Education and Double Reeds at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, and holds the position of Second Bassoon of the National Philharmonic Orchestra in Washington, DC. She held the position of Bassoonist and Contrabassoonist with the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern, Germany for 8 seasons. During her tenure as Bassoonist and Contrabassoonist with the Pfalztheater Kaiserslautern in Germany, she also had the opportunity to perform, broadcast, record, and tour with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, the Suedwest Rundfunk Kaiserslautern, the Saarlaendische Rundfunk Orchester, the Mainzer Stadttheater, and others. Concurrently, she studied with Marc Engelhardt, Professor of Bassoon at the Musikhochschule Stuttgart.
Dr. Watson completed her Doctorate at the University of Arizona, studying bassoon with Dr. William Dietz. She concurrently studied oboe with Dr. Sara Fraker, Professor of Oboe at the University of Arizona, and oboist with the Tucson Symphony. Dr. Watson has studied oboe as a secondary instrument for over twenty years, working with Dr. Amy Burgus, Jennifer Bernard, and Dr. Rebecca Mindock, among other professional oboists.
Professor Watson graduated with her Master’s degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the Robert Schumann Musikhochschule, Duesseldorf, in Germany, studying with Gustavo Núñez, Principal Bassoon of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. She received her B.M. in Bassoon Performance from the University of Minnesota, studying with John Miller and Norbert Nielubowski.
Dr. Watson has performed with the National Symphony, the Houston Ballet, the San Antonio Symphony, the Britt Festival Orchestra, the Corpus Christi Symphony, the Baltimore Concert Artists, and many other ensembles. She has formerly taught at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Washington Adventist University, and the University of Texas at San Antonio. She attended the European Mozart Academy, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Sarasota Music Festival, and the MMCK Festival in Japan.
Dr. Watson frequently performs recitals and master classes across the country and has been a featured soloist on live and recorded broadcasts of Arizona Public Radio.