Violinist Wanda Becker received her early musical training in her native Canada, where she was a pupil of Emanuel Horch and Sonia Eckhardt-Gramatté. She began her professional career at 18 as a member of the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. During that time she was presented in recitals on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.
Ms. Becker holds a long association with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, first as a winner of the Young Artist Competition, which resulted in a solo appearance with the Orchestra and subsequently as a member of the SLSO. She also spent three years at the Nordwestdeutsche Musikakademie in Detmold, Germany, studying with Tibor Varga and performing concerts in France, Norway, Switzerland, and Germany as a member of the Varga Chamber Orchestra.
Ms. Becker has participated in chamber music festivals in Jackson Hole, Wyoming; Sarasota, Florida; and Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She has been a member of the “Rarely Performed Music” series, Trio Capriccio, and Quartet Seraphin, distinguished for its “Meet the Composer” concerts presented at local venues and in area schools. Ms. Becker has served as an adjunct instructor at Stephens College, Greenville College, and St. Louis University. Her chamber music performances include appearances in the Shepley Music series at Christ Church Cathedral and as a frequent participant in and founding member of “Music at First Church.” She also serves as concertmaster of the Union Avenue Opera Company and of the American Kantorei in its “Bach at the Sem” series at Concordia Seminary, a position she has held since its inception.