Music is Life


I am a musician, composer, educator, and filmmaker. I write, perform, and teach music. I am also a Suzuki Trained and registered teacher on cello and violin. I teach at a community college, an arts high school, privately, and online. I perform in Veridian String Quartet and several local symphonies. I make films with my husband, Radu Sava.

Born in Texas, but moving throughout the world, Rebekah played the violin, cello, flute, and piano for several years before settling into serious study at the college level on cello. Completing her Bachelors and Masters at the Hartt School of Music (Hartford, CT) with Dr. Terry King in 2005, Rebekah continued to study at The Longy School of Music (Cambridge, MA) with Terry King(cello) and Laura Bossert (violin/viola), also receiving a Graduate Performance Certificate in 2007.

In 2005, Rebekah won the Miami String Quartet Competition and performed with the MSQ.  Rebekah has worked with Joseph Kalichstien, Pam Frank, Charles Castleman, Bill Pruceil, Terry King, Laura Bossert, Pam Devenport, Liz Arbus, Brian Ganz, Amit Peled, The Pacifica Quartet, The Emerson Quartet, and The Miami String Quartet.

Rebekah has performed with orchestras in Texas, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and performs locally with the Stockton Symphony, Modesto Symphony, North State Symphony, Apollo Orchestra, and InConcert Sierra.

Rebekah studied Suzuki Pedagogy with Pam Devenport while working towards her Bachelors, and completed her Long term teacher training in 2001. She has had additional training with Nancy Hair, Rick Mooney (on cello) and with Liz Arbus and Mark Mutter (on violin).  Rebekah began her teaching career by assisting her father in Metroplex Suzuki Players in Dallas, Texas. During her teenage years, she assisted him administratively and taught a handful of students.  After receiving her training, Rebekah taught Suzuki lessons for The Music and Arts Center, The University of Connecticut Community School of the Arts, The Powers Music School, The Suzuki School of Newton, and The Music Stream Center, North Valley Suzuki, and Foothills Community Music School.  Rebekah started the Veridian Symphony and String Quartet with Helen Graham. Together they aim to create a Suzuki community in the Northern Valley and foothills, along with providing a high level of musicianship and music accessible to all people.

A classically trained cellist Rebekah Hood-Sava brings her vast experience with rhythm to filmmaking. Over the years, Rebekah became involved in different roles in her husband’s’ film projects: from production assistant to writing, music supervisor, assistant editor, until she produced their short documentary “A Californian Original” in 2018. Recently, working together they wrote, directed and produced, “Not If, But When: Wildfire Solutions,” a 40-minute documentary designed to change our attitude towards fire.

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