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Rebecca Anstine Smith graduated from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, magna cum laude, with a degree in music and French and received her M.M. from the Peabody Conservatory of Music with Jeanne Chalifoux.   She spent many summers with Alice Chalifoux, at the Salzedo Summer Harp Colony and also with Lucile Lawrence at the Tanglewood Institute. After moving to the Washington, D.C. area, Rebecca became the Principal Harpist for the Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra.  As her family grew, she resigned the position, but continued to teach at the University of Maryland, College Park. Currently she holds faculty positions at St. Mary’s College of Maryland and Anne Arundel Community College and remains in demand as a performer. Recent guest appearances include The Annapolis Chamber Players, The Third Millenium Ensemble, Cantate Chamber Singers, The Kennedy Center Opera House Orchestra and The National Philharmonic.   Rebecca recorded a CD of Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols with Canon Michael McCarthy at the Washington National Cathedral and also is featured on a CD of music of Carson Cooman, Rising at Dawn.