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Rebecca McDaniel

Percussionist & Arts Administrator

Rebecca McDaniel is passionate about sharing music with others and about supporting the creativity of young musicians. Relying on music as a unifying force, Rebecca seeks to share curiosity and joy as a performer, educator, and arts administrator. She is an active chamber percussionist based in the Chicagoland area, working most frequently with exploratory performance collaborative Beyond This Point, and with classical chamber ensemble 5th Wave Collective, for whom she also serves as Marketing Director. She is the Marketing and Development Manager for the Grammy Award-winning quartet Third Coast Percussion, working closely with the ensemble in support of its performance, education, and collaborative programs.


Rebecca attended Furman University (B.A. Music, B.A. Earth and Environmental Sciences; primary teacher: Dr. Omar Carmenates) and the University of Missouri-Columbia (M.M., Percussion Performance, primary teacher: Dr. Megan Arns). When she isn’t playing or supporting performances, she is most likely found hiking, biking, or otherwise outdoors.

Profile image by: Photo by University of Missouri.

Featured Artworks

  •  Rebecca McDaniel artwork Rebecca performs her original, interactive lecture performance "Percussion Near and Far" for students at Homewood Middle School, in her hometown of Homewood, AL. Photo by Katrina Langland.
  •  A white woman with wavy brown hair plays the vibraphone, from the center of a magical-looking garden full of happy spectators. The garden is full of vibrant greenery and decorated with many colored lights. Performing for friends at a garden gathering in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago. Photo by Paul Watkins.
  •  Three women perform as a trio — from left to right: flute, then violin, then vibraphone — on a stage in a small recital hall. They are all dressed in different styles of black clothing. Recording the video premiere of Ruby Fulton's "the girl who cried pain", with colleagues Anatolia Evarkiou-Kaku (flute and lead commissioner of the work) and Carmen Abelson (violin), at DePaul University. Photo by Sean Keenan
  •  Rebecca McDaniel artwork Rebecca enjoys interacting with students at Carver High School (Birmingham, AL), during her performance of her original clinic "Think F.A.S.T." Photo by Bang! Images / Jennifer Alsabrook-Turner