Based in NYC, trumpet player Rebecca Steinberg has a career marked by her warm, inviting sound and stylistic versatility. You can find Rebecca in the pit of New York City’s many theater productions, performing alongside her brass sextet Calliope Brass, and teaching music both privately and in the classroom.
Rebecca studied at Manhattan School of Music with Thomas Smith and Vincent Penzarella. She is a highly sought after educator in the New York City area, and currently serves as the director of brass at the Dwight Englewood School. Since 2010, she has maintained her own private studio—former students of Rebecca have gone on to attend Interlochen Arts Academy, Laguardia High School, Frank Sinatra High School, and InterSchool Orchestras of NY, among other elite programs.
Rebecca currently holds a trumpet chair in the new broadway musical “New York, New York.” In 2022 Rebecca held trumpet chairs at The Public Theater’s new musical SUFFS and Paper Mill Playhouse’s Sound of Music and Sister Act. Other notable appearances include Jolly Holiday at Paper Mill Playhouse (2021), City Center Encores! Off-Center production of Stephen Sondheim’s Road Show (2019), Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish at Stage 42 (cast album with Warner Music Group), and two National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene productions: The Sorceress and The Golden Bride. Additional recent theater highlights include substitute appearances in Funny Girl, 1776, Paradise Square, and Radio City Music Hall’s Christmas Spectacular.
Rebecca has shared stages with singer Kimberley Locke (American Idol) as part of funk band T.O.P. Queens, and with award winning singer-songwriter Sophie Auster. While studying at Manhattan School of Music she founded Manhattan Klezmer Band, and has also performed with Tsibele. Television credits include Adele at Radio City Music Hall, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Good Morning America, and on-screen in the Emmy-winning television series Mozart in the Jungle (orchestra member throughout seasons 2 and 4).
Rebecca’s most passionate and impactful work is with Calliope Brass, an ensemble who collaborates with the world’s most prominent creatives to build evocative, story-driven concert experiences. The ensemble’s large-scale projects include the film-performance hybrid “Portraits of the Underdog”, designed in collaboration with composers David Maslanka and David Sampson; as well as the educational initiative “What’s Your Story?”, a collaboration with artistic minds from Hamilton and Sesame Street. Rebecca won the 2018 Liz Swados Inspiration Grant, an annual award honoring influential female music educators in New York City, on behalf of Calliope Brass. Calliope’s debut album, Rose Strewn Course, released in July of 2020. In addition to playing the trumpet with Calliope Brass, Rebecca also served as Executive Director for the 501c3 organization 2020-2023.
Rebecca regularly appears with a collection of the New York City area’s most interesting orchestral and contemporary ensembles including Washington Heights Chamber Orchestra, Symphony of Westchester, The Orchestra Now, Metropolis Ensemble, Mimesis Ensemble, Contemporaneous, String Orchestra of Brooklyn, Norwalk Symphony, among others. She has performed as a soloist with The Chelsea Symphony and Torrington Symphony.