Dr. Rebecca Raber

Current Position: Assistant Professor of Music and Catholic Studies, and Director of Schola and Chapel Choir, University of Mary, Bismarck, ND.

Dr. Rebecca Raber grew up on the Lovcik Family Farm in Pisek, North Dakota. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with Departmental Honors from Jamestown College in 1994, where she earned degrees in Vocal/Instrumental Music Education, History/Political Science and Asian Studies. She was awarded College Fellow Awards in both Music and History. She has been a dedicated vocal and instrumental music educator since that time to levels ranging from kindergarten to university students, leading performance tours across the United States and internationally with her choirs.​ Dr. Raber earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at North Dakota State University in 2018. Her lecture recital was entitled, "Conducting the Coded Message Songs of Slavery: Context, Connotations, and Performance Preparation."

Dr. Raber is very active in the American Choral Director's Association, previously having served as State President, ND Repertoire & Standards Chair for Male Choirs, and Membership Chair. She has presided and presented at state and regional ACDA conferences, in addition to organizing and facilitating them. She is a webmaster for the NDACDA website and has also served as editor/ publisher of the NDACDA professional journal, The Chorister.

Rebecca enjoys spending time with her husband, Michael, and their two dogs, Murphy and Dot. Other interests include photography (www.rebeccaraber.com), graphic design, college hockey, and travel.

Courses Taught by Dr. Raber

  • Experiencing the Sacred in Music
  • Secondary Choral Methods
  • Advanced Choral Conducting
  • Class Voice
  • Chapel Choir
  • Schola
  • Concert Choir (guest conduct)

Research Interests

  • Choral Music Education
  • Sacred Music
  • Coded message Songs of Slavery, Gullah, Requiem Masses