While studying public relations at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City, TN, Becky performed with several different bluegrass ensembles, including the school’s prestigious Bluegrass Pride Band, with whom she performed in throughout France and at the Kennedy Center. She can be heard on the school’s ETSU Bluegrass Pride album (2001). At the same time, Becky also toured regionally with Appalachian Trail.
Becky was featured on the cover of Fiddler Magazine (2012) and Bluegrass Unlimited (2015). She was a 2016 SPBGMA Songwriter Of The Year nominee and was chosen as 1st Runner Up for the 2016 IAMA Country/Bluegrass Song of Year for her composition “Nothin’ To You.”
Growing up in Minnesota, Becky played fiddle with her parents and Gordy and Roxy Shultz in the group Prairie Grass. She studied classical violin with both Patti Tryhus and Charles Gray and participated in the Mankato Area Youth Symphony and the Minnesota All-State Orchestra while in high school. Becky’s heart, however, has always been that of a fiddler. She won the junior division of the 1996 Minnesota State Old Time Fiddle Championship in Cotton, MN.
She graduated in 2001 with a public relations degree from East Tennessee State University (ETSU), where she took part in the renowned Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music program. That same year, Becky’s songwriting nabbed a first-place finish in the bluegrass category of the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest in Wilksboro, NC.
With over 20 years experience as a music educator, Becky is very passionate about passing the music on, teaching at several camps and workshops throughout the year, in addition to her busy performance schedule.
Becky is also very active in the bluegrass music business community, currently serving on the IBMA Foundation board. She was on the IBMA Board of Directors from 2013-17 and did a three-year term as chair of the IBMA Songwriter Committee from 2013-16. She is a Leadership Bluegrass alumna, class of 2003.