I joined Local 802 shortly after I came to NYC in 2018 to become a full-time musician and play on Broadway. I started by subbing on the keyboard 2 book for “Mean Girls,” which is full of organ, percussion, strings and more. After that I learned and subbed the conductor and keyboard 1 books as well, which prepared me for the tour I’m on now. (I’m currently the music director for the first national tour of “Mean Girls.”) It’s been an incredible challenge and I’ve enjoyed every second! It’s really exciting to be part of a union that does so much for its members. My musical goals are to continue to play on Broadway and find fulfilling experiences across all genres. There are endless opportunities in NYC, and I am equally happy playing everything from Mozart to funk. I hope to always be challenged and enjoy new musical experiences. I grew up with piano and flute lessons and was heavily involved in choir, band and church music. Both of my parents are gifted music teachers, so I don’t remember life without music. I earned undergraduate degrees in piano and vocal performance, and a master’s in vocal coaching. I taught for five years as a professor in musical theatre and opera while freelancing on piano and flute. Music makes everything bad in the world more bearable. It also helps me feel the extremes of every possible emotion. Music is what I’m good at and it’s something that makes sense to me when a lot of other things don’t. Besides touring and playing on Broadway, I teach piano, voice and flute, and perform charity events while continuously playing for auditions and rehearsals.
Rebekah Bruce Parker