Rebecca Cherian was awarded the position of Co-Principal Trombone with the Pittsburgh Symphony by Lorin Maazel in 1989. She has been trombone instructor at Carnegie Mellon University since 1993. Ms. Cherian was a founding member of the International Women's Brass Conference in 1994 and served as the IWBC Newsletter Editor for five years.
As a California native Ms. Cherian began her professional career at the age of sixteen as trombonist with the San Jose Symphony under the direction of George Cleve. At the age of seventeen she appeared as a soloist with the San Francisco Symphony as a result of winning First Prize in their Young Musicians' Awards. Ms. Cherian earned her Bachelors of Music Degree from the California Institute of the Arts and her Masters of Music Degree from the Yale School of Music. While in school she was awarded First Place in the Atwater Kent Brass Competition and Outstanding Chamber Music Performer at Yale.
Before becoming a member of the Pittsburgh Symphony Ms. Cherian held the positions of Principal Trombone with the Springfield Symphony in Massachusetts and The Rhode Island Philharmonic. She was trombone instructor at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, the Hartt School of Music and Wesleyan University. As a freelance artist she toured with the Israel Philharmonic under the Direction of Leonard Bernstein, performed with the Boston Opera, New York City Ballet, Hartford, New Haven and Vermont Symphonies and Goodspeed Opera House.
In September of 1993 Ms. Cherian enjoyed the honor of performing at the White House in Washington, D.C. as part of a 15-woman ensemble of brass and percussion players for the opening reception of the Annual International Women's Forum. The group performed the world premiere of Joan Tower's fanfare, "Celebration" which was dedicated to Hillary Clinton. Ms. Cherian appears regularly as a soloist and Masterclass Clinician at the IWBC.