Italian Job OC Grad Gets International Music Experience

Chelsi Rodriguez (10)

Oklahoma Christian University alumna Rebekah (Bruce) Parker was selected to perform in Italy over the summer in the prestigious program “Si Parla Si Canta.”

“Living in Italy was an amazing experience, and I learned more than I could have imagined possible,” said Rebekah, a 2010 OC graduate. “The instruction was top-notch, and I was able to work with world-renowned musicians as well as make many new friends.”

After the phone call offering her the opportunity to perform and study in Italy, Rebekah just had a few hours to find a way to raise the money needed to pursue the opportunity. 

“A big thank-you goes out to the OC music faculty, especially Dr. Ken Adams, Dr. Kathy Thompson and Pattie Groves, and to my home church, Quail Springs Church of Christ, for supporting me, urging me to go to this festival and helping me raise funds,” Rebekah said. “I would not have been able to go to Italy if I hadn’t received support from them.”

Rebekah left for Italy shortly after her graduation, giving her the opportunity to use her music knowledge right from the get-go. 

“I also want to thank my family, friends and especially my husband James (09) for always encouraging me to pursue my passions,” Rebekah said.

Fall 2010

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