Rebecca Rowell Cooke, a Macon native, studied with William E. Fitzgerald, Dr. James E. Jensen, and Dr. Theodore E. Jahn. She holds degrees from Samford University and the University of Georgia in clarinet performance, piano, and voice. Cooke has performed as principal and assistant principal with the Macon, Alabama, Gainesville, Toccoa, and Monroe Symphonies. She has performed as soloist with the Alabama Symphony Chamber Orchestra, at Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston, and in master classes with Richard Stolzmann and Howard Klugg. In addition to teaching applied clarinet, class woodwinds, music appreciation, and music history at the University of Georgia, Cooke has taught all over Georgia and Alabama. She is currently an adjunct professor of music at Georgia College & State University and at Wesleyan College.