Music Ministry

Rebecca Zapen

Rebecca Zapen

We welcome Rebecca Zapen as our new Music Director here at Unity of St. Petersburg.

A third-generation performer in a musical family tree, Rebecca started playing violin at the age of 3, studying first with her symphony violinist mother and later earning music and biology degrees at Florida State University, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She studied violin at FSU under former New York Philharmonic concertmaster Eliot Chapo. Music is in her blood, from her grandparents who played accordion and jazz guitar, to her parents (all three were symphony musicians), to her upbringing where all four children studied violin.

A Florida native, she was born and raised in Jacksonville but now lives in St. Petersburg, with her husband, pianist, composer and recording engineer Jeremy Douglass, and their son and daughter.

A versatile musician, she wears many hats: jazz singer/violinist, folk songwriter (performing on ukulele, guitar, and violin), classical violinist, performer, and educator. She has toured throughout the United States at venues including Schubas (Chicago) and The Bitter End (NYC), and has also performed abroad in Switzerland, Italy, and The Bahamas. She appeared as a musical guest on Public Radio International show Michael Feldman’s Whadd’ya Know?. As an orchestral musician, she has backed artists such as Johnny Mathis, Indigo Girls, Alan Parsons Project, Trisha Yearwood, and Electric Light Orchestra. She is a violin instructor at Eckerd College and Pinellas County Center for the Arts. Rebecca feels blessed and honored to serve as the Music Director at Unity of St. Petersburg.

Unity of St. Petersburg’s Choir.

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