Rebecca Huynh

San Diego, California

University of California-Santa Barbara, Bachelor of Music, 2022
University of Texas at Austin, Masters of Music, 2024

Rebecca Huynh is pursuing an MM in Flute Performance at the University of Texas at Austin with Ebonee Thomas and Marianne Gedigian previously. She recently was a semifinalist for the University of Texas at Austin Concerto Competition and a finalist for the Byron Hester Competition. She previously studied with Jill Felber at the University of California at Santa Barbara and briefly studied with Diana Morgan under DM Studio.

What inspired you to become a musician?
I grew up listening to classical music from my mom who teaches piano. Though I wasn’t very fond of practicing piano but I was able to grow appreciation and passion for music, which has carried into my flute studies. I think that, ultimately, watching my mom continue to pursue her musical career has inspired me to believe that I can study and follow the life of a musician for myself.

Who are your all-time favorite composers and/or pieces? Why?
My favorite composers are Johannes Brahms, Claude Debussy, and Gustav Mahler because they have such familiar and iconic motifs and harmonies that I really like. My favorite piece is Maurice Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloe because the music holds precious memories for me and it’s an overall enjoyable work.

What is an interesting fact about you and/or your instrument?
I ran a marathon!

When taking a break from music-making, what is your favorite thing to do?
Running, gaming, watching shows, cooking/baking only when I’m craving certain dishes.

Why did you choose the NRO?
Hearing about the expansive nature and scenery in Colorado was something that pulled me towards applying for the NRO. I grew up on road trips to national parks and living next to the beach, and this time I wanted to live in the mountains for a change! The financial scholarships and highly competitive nature greatly aided my decision to choose the NRO. It’s a great opportunity to play alongside talented musicians and become immersed in the preprofessional setting, as well as continually expanding my orchestral repertoire.