Dr. Rebecca Raber

Dr. Rebecca Raber grew up on the Lovcik Family Farm in Pisek, North Dakota. She graduated with “Special Honors in Music” from Jamestown College with her BA She received her Mastersnd Doctorate of Music in choral conducting from the University of North Dakota and directed the popular men’s choir from 2001-2005. Dr. Raber is very active in the American Choral Director's Association, where she has presented and helped organize conferences (state and regionally). She previously served as State President, North Dakota Repertoire Chair for Male Choirs, and Membership Chair.

Dr. Raber is a co-founder of the Prairie Jubilee Singers, a choral ensemble “dedicated to building community through singing spirituals.” She has also proudly served as editor and publisher of the NDACDA professional journal (The Chorister), pioneering an online format for the organization. She has been the webmaster for the award-winning NDACDA website since 2009. Dr. Raber enjoys spending time with her husband, Michael, and their two dogs, Murphy and Dot. Other interests include photography (www.rebeccaraber.com), college hockey, travel, and graphic design.

Dr. Raber is an Assistant Professor of Music and Catholic Studies. She has been a dedicated vocal and instrumental music educator to students ranging from kindergarten to university, leading performance tours across the United States and internationally with her choirs.​

Dr. Raber teaches the following courses at the University of Mary:

  • Music History I & II
  • Experiencing the Sacred in Music (MUS/CTH)
  • Secondary Choral Methods
  • Advanced Choral Conducting
  • Chapel Choir (Liturgical Choir)
  • Schola (Liturgical Ensemble)
  • St. Hildegard Chorus (Women’s Choir)
  • Class Voice
  • Graduate Music History & Literature

Presentations, Articles, & Research

  • 2020 "Steal Away: Music of the Underground Railroad" — with the Prairie Jubilee Singers and the Bismarck Mandan Symphony Orchestra
  • 2020 "Coded Message Songs" — MLK Celebration (Bismarck)
  • 2019 "Building Community Through Spirituals" — North Dakota American Choral Directors Association Conference
  • 2018 "Conducting the Coded Message Songs of Slavery: Context, Connotations, and Performance Preparation" — Lecture Recital
  • 2015 "Music Technology in the Classroom" — North Dakota American Choral Directors Association Conference
  • 2014 "Study to Stage: Informing and Enhancing the Choral Rehearsal and Performance of the African-American Spiritual Repertory" — Choral Music of the Americas Conference through American Choral Directors Association
  • Numerous articles published by the Chorister (NDACDA), Melisma (NCACDA), and the New Earth 
  • Research Interests: Spirituals & Coded Music, Gullah, Requiem Masses, Sacred Music, Music Education

Recognition, Honors, & Awards

  • 2020 "Rebecca Raber Choral Excellence Award" established as an annual student award — Shanley High School
  • 2019 "Choral Director of the Year" — North Dakota American Choral Directors Association
  • 2019 Appointed to Executive Board of the International Music Camp
  • 2015 "Commissioned Composer of the Year" — North Dakota Music Teachers Association
  • 2009 "Outstanding Music Educator" — National Federation of State High School Associations
  • 2009 "Choral Director of Note" — Choral Director Magazine
  • 2005 "North Dakota Governor's Chorus" — as selected by North Dakota Governor John Hoeven
  • 2007 "Invited Performing Choir" — NDSU Choral Festival
  • 1997 "Invited Performing Choir" — South Dakota ACDA Conference
  • College Fellow Awards in both Music and History — Jamestown College
  • Phi Kappa Lambda, American honor society for graduate students and professors of music