A Virginia native, Rebecca Mindock has lived and worked as a professional musician and educator all across the United States. While pursuing her graduate degrees in Colorado, Dr. Mindock performed actively throughout the Front Range. She was a member of both the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra and the Longmont Symphony Orchestra and also had the opportunity to play with the Boulder Bach Festival, the Denver Philharmonic, the Fort Collins Symphony, the Western Nebraska Chamber Players, and the Colorado Symphony. She served as faculty for the Boulder Arts Academy, the Parlando School for the Arts, and the University of Colorado, and appeared as a guest clinician and sectional coach at honor band events through the state.
Dr. Mindock briefly served on the music faculty at Texas A&M University-Kingsville from 2009-2010, and, while living in Texas, was a member of the Victoria Symphony and performed with the Kingsville Symphony, the Corpus Christi Ballet Orchestra, and other musical organizations across South Texas. She also maintained a rather sizable private teaching studio (approx. 40 students) in the San Antonio area.
From 2010-2021, Dr. Mindock taught Double Reeds and Music History as a tenured Associate Professor of Music at the University of South Alabama. While living in Mobile, she won auditions to serve as the principal oboist of the Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestra in Gulfport, Mississippi and as English horn and second oboe with the Mobile Symphony Orchestra. She also joined the oboe section of the Pensacola Symphony Orchestra (FL) and played as a substitute musician with both the Meridian Symphony Orchestra (MS) and the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (where she has subbed on oboe, English horn, and contrabassoon!). During that time, Dr. Mindock still made frequent return trips to the Rockies; she continued to play with the Wyoming Symphony, and she taught for the Young Artist/Junior Music Programs at the Rocky Ridge Music Center near Estes Park, Colorado during the summer from 2011-2017. Throughout her time as a faculty member at South, Dr. Mindock appeared as a guest artist and gave master classes with both the oboe and the bassoon at universities and schools across the country.
In 2021, Dr. Mindock moved to Delaware to be closer to family, where she is now a librarian as her "day job" instead of a college professor. She recently won the position of principal oboist with the Mobile Symphony and continues to travel to perform with that ensemble (now in her 14th season, having served as English horn and 2nd oboist for 13 seasons prior to winning the principal chair), and she also continues to travel to play as principal oboist of the Wyoming Symphony (19th season), and as principal oboist of the Gulf Coast Symphony (13th season).
Dr. Mindock has performed internationally as a concerto soloist with the Cusco Symphony Orchestra in Peru at the 2016 Cusco Music Festival, at the 2015 International Double Reed Society conference in Tokyo, Japan, and at the 2018 International Clarinet Association ClarinetFest in Ostend, Belgium with her colleagues in the Trebuchet Wind Trio. She has also performed as a concerto soloist with the Gulf Coast Symphony, the Meridian Symphony, the Bay Area String Chamber Orchestra, and the University of South Alabama Wind Ensemble. She has been a part of several chamber music recording projects; her CDs can be found on the "Recordings" tab.
Dr. Mindock is an enthusiastic traveler, and has visited all 50 US states as well as 24 countries on 6 of the 7 continents. She also loves hiking, canoeing, nature photography, literature, and trying to keep up with her husband, her young child, and her cats.