Rebecca Boyer Hall
Rebecca (Becky) Boyer Hall came to the St. Louis Symphony in 1993, but she has a long history in St. Louis. Born and reared in Kirkwood, Missouri, she received her first musical influences within her family and community. Hall’s great-grandfather, George Sullivan, emigrated from Ireland and brought with him a rich tradition of folk music, which was carried on through Hall’s mother, Janet, and her uncle, Robert Beers. The Boyer family performed as a musical group throughout the 1960s and ’70s bringing traditional American folk music out of the home and onto the stage. Among some of the instruments Hall plays besides violin and fiddle are guitar, banjo, mandolin, pennywhistle, hammered dulcimer, and psaltery, along with a love for singing.
Hall’s education in classical music began with going to hear her mother play concerts with the Kirkwood Symphony. She later continued with lessons through the public school system. She received her Bachelor of Music degree from the St. Louis Conservatory (now the Webster University Community Music School) and later pursued graduate studies there, subsequent to the gift of a full scholarship. Hall was also a member of the STL Symphony Youth Orchestra. She studied with Fredryck Sadowski and Jaime Laredo. She also had the opportunity to participate in the master classes with such distinguished violinists as Isaac Stern, Henryk Szering, Michael Tree, and Alexander Schneider to whose famed Christmas Seminar at Carnegie Hall she was invited.
While a student, Hall was the Associate Concertmaster and appeared as soloist with the Colorado Philharmonic. Her string quartet was in the final round of the prestigious Coleman Competition. As a professional musician she has held the position of Associate Concertmaster with the Alabama Symphony. Other orchestras she has performed with include the Mexico City Philharmonic, the Mexico City Opera, and the National Chamber Orchestra in Washington, D.C. Hall has performed as soloist with the STL Symphony on both the violin and the fiddle.
Becky Boyer Hall and her husband, Jerome, make their home in High Ridge, Missouri.