Born in Canada, Rebecca Gitter began studying the Suzuki violin method at 7 and viola at 13. In May 2001 she received her Bachelor of Music from the Cleveland Institute of Music, where she was a student of Robert Vernon, having previously studied in Toronto, Ontario. While at CIM she was the recipient of the institute's annual Viola Prize, the Robert Vernon Prize in Viola, and twice received honorable mention in the school's concerto competition, resulting in solo performances. Among other honors, she was the 2000 recipient of Toronto's Ben Steinberg Jewish Musical Legacy Award and, prior to her BSO appointment, was offered a position in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She has been a summer participant in the Taos School of Music, Marlboro Festival, Ravinia's Steans Institute for Young Artists, and the National Academy and National Youth orchestras of Canada. Gitter joined the viola section of the Boston Symphony Orchestra in August 2001.