The St. Paul Pioneer Press (St. Paul, MN) has praised soprano Rebecca Crow Lister for her "ability to fully engage with her material…she performed with sensitivity and wit, never succumbing to exaggeration or melodrama. Whether with the overt drama of Blow’s “Lysander I Pursue” and “Oh, Let Us Howl” from John Webster’s play “The Duchess of Malfi” or the pathos of laments like Dowland’s “In Darkness Let Me Dwell” and Purcell’s “Sweeter than Roses,” she had the ability to give each song a unique character…”
Rebecca Lister is an associate professor of music at LVC, teaching private voice lessons, vocal literature, vocal pedagogy, and diction. She grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, near the Blue Ridge Mountains. She earned a bachelor's degree in music education at James Madison University in Virginia, and then continued her studies at Florida State University (FSU), where she received a master's degree in voice performance in 1992, as well as a certificate in early music. In 1997, she earned a doctorate of performance from FSU.
Lister has appeared several times as a guest artist on various music series, including the St. Paul (Minnesota) Early Music Series; the Lebanon Community Arts Series; and the Goodman Series in Harrisburg. Though early music is her main interest, Lister performs repertoire from all periods and is a strong supporter and performer of chamber music, contemporary music, and music by female composers. Most recently, Dr. Lister was featured on the Historic Dumbarton Church Artist Series (“Concerts by Candlelight") November, 2011 in Washington, DC. She performed this recital in conjunction with internationally acclaimed guitarist, Berta Rojas.