Mrs. Rebecca L. Chaney

Viola, Violin Teacher

Rebecca Chaney

SAA Member


Sterling, VA
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​Rebecca has been teaching private violin and viola lessons for over 15 years and public school music and orchestra for 8 years. She has taught students from the age of 4 up through adulthood. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Penn State University in 2010. Following that, she worked as a general music teacher and choral director in West Shore School District in central Pennsylvania. After relocating to Virginia, she completed her Master’s Degree in Viola Pedagogy in May 2013 at George Mason University and studied Vocal Jazz. While studying at GMU she taught private lessons at The Potomac Arts Academy.  Rebecca has studied the viola since the age of four. She studied under Sally Grobani, Pamela Wiley, Dr. Robert Lau, Dr. Timothy Deighton (Penn State University), and Nancy Thomas (NSO & George Mason University). Rebecca also trained as a Suzuki viola/violin teacher through the Suzuki Association. She has participated in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association orchestra festivals, the Wednesday Club Youth Chamber Orchestra, and the Shippensburg University-Community Orchestra. As an undergraduate student, she played in the Penn State Philharmonic Orchestra and viola ensemble. As a graduate student, Rebecca has served as the principal violist of the George Mason Symphony Orchestra. She also performed in concert halls such as The Kimmel Center, The Kennedy Center, Heinz Hall, and Carnegie Hall. She enjoys playing chamber music and has played in multiple recitals. Rebecca began teaching in Loudoun County Public Schools in 2013, tenure ending in 2020. During this time she taught private lessons at the Day Violin shop. She currently teaches private Suzuki viola and violin lessons in the Sterling, VA area.  She currently still gigs around the D.C. area, singing and playing her viola.