The “freedom” and “brilliance” (New York Concert Review) of violinist Rebecca McFaul has fashioned performances that “glide through with a dancer’s grace” (Charlotte Observer). As a founding member of the Fry Street Quartet, Rebecca enjoys the privilege of wonderful colleagues, collaborations with many of today’s great musicians and composers, and all that the medium of the string quartet offers in its fantastic literature, range of expression, and ability to connect with an audience.
The educational influences that have supported her path include undergraduate studies at the Oberlin Conservatory as a student of Marilyn MacDonald and graduate studies with Gerardo Ribeiro at Northwestern University as a Civic Orchestra Fellow. Under the mentorship of Marc Johnson of the Vermeer quartet, she founded the Fry Street Quartet. Shortly thereafter, the group received a three year “Rural Residency” grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as invitations from the late Isaac Stern to give their Carnegie Hall debut, perform at the Jerusalem Music Center in Israel, and also to serve as Cultural Ambassadors to the Balkan States, a tour sponsored jointly by Carnegie Hall and the U.S. Department of State, all of which launched the quartet’s career.
Expanding the role of the arts in society has been of particular interest to Rebecca in recent years. One of the most visible expressions of this focus has been The Crossroads Project, an ongoing partnership between physicist and educator Dr. Robert Davies and the FSQ, which merges her two most passionate interests: music and humanity's relationship to the natural world. These interests are a natural outgrowth of a childhood of barefoot summers at the lake in Wisconsin’s Northwoods and a house full of classical music. This upbringing inspired appreciation and wonder at the workings of nature and established the value of artistic pursuit.
A devoted teacher, Rebecca is an Associate Professor of Professional Practice at the Caine College of the Arts, Utah State University, where she has relished the opportunity to develop the String Program in collaboration with her colleagues. Her students have gone on to attend prestigious graduate school programs and summer festivals, won or placed in numerous competitions, and also have become excellent public school music educators. Rebecca has also been a guest teacher at festivals such as Madeline Island Music Camp, Oficina de Musica de Curitiba, the Einfeldt Chamber Music Seminar, and Credo at Oberlin.
Combining science and art resulted in a more personal kind of partnership when Rebecca married physicist Dr. Robert Davies in 2013. In their spare time, they are busy experimenting with permaculture principles on their acre-sized yard and providing exceptional service for their cat, Simon.