CelloBello celebrates the completion of its inaugural CelloKids Teacher Training Seminar (August 1-15, 2020)!

Drawing on the vast experiences of a diverse teaching team, this two week-long seminar covered a broad assortment of topics ranging from how to approach a student’s very first lesson to how to incorporate improvisation into a student’s learning. Our course participants included not only seasoned teachers, but also recent school graduates, researchers, and parents seeking new ways to inspire their children to practice. It was designed to give teachers and parents tools to foster a holistic approach to cello playing.

Beyond the 10 classes taught by our renowned faculty, the seminar included bonus sessions featuring special guests Jeffrey Zeigler and Paul Katz. Participants had the additional opportunity to take part in interactive sessions, and dive deeper in discussion over the course content. Sample class topics included: Games that Teach, Anatomy of a Young Cellist, Growing a Cellist, Setting Up Students with a Healthy Foundation, and How to Develop Improvisation and Creativity.

We are so grateful to all of the participants of our inaugural CelloKids Teacher Training Seminar — thank you for making it a success!

August 2020 Seminar Participants

Carina Albuquerque
Rejean Anderson
Nikita Annenkov
Jennifer Bailey
Emily Balderrama
Monan Bittencourt
Summer Boggess
Tapalin Charoensook
Jiamo Chen
Lillian Chen
Stephanie Chen
Dale Culliford
Garth Cummings

Gaby Figueroa
Mary Fisher
Jeanne Fox
Jonathan Gerhardt
Hilary Glen
Elizabeth Glennon
Maho Grazzini
Evgeny Grechko
Alice Greminger
Christine Halverson
Portia Hansen
Robert Hausmann
Anna Helgadottir

Mary Alice Hendricks
Anna Herrera
Wesley Hornpetrie
Cyrena Huang
YoonJung Hwang
Meghan Johnson
Evan Kahn
Ellen Kilcup
Joan Kinsella
Joanna Klett
Julia Knowles
Rosalind Leavell
Heewon Lee

Shiang Lee
Julia Marshall
Elsa Mateu
Andreea Nicu
Saara Nordblom
Sofia Nowik
Kristin Palombit
Beth Pearce
Karen Poleshuck
Bianca d’Avila do Prado
Alicia Randisi-Hooker
Anthony Rodriguez
Eva María Rodríguez

Beatriz Rojas
Alice Sewell
Jasmin Shih
Martha Siegel
Kristin Smith
Kati Thieme
Megan Titensor
Lisa Todd
Cameron Williams
Yuting Wu
Liz Youker

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August 2020 Seminar Faculty

Mike Block is a pioneering cello player, singer, composer, and educator, hailed by Yo- Yo Ma as the “ideal musician of the 21st-Century”. Acclaimed by the NY Times for his “vital rich-hued solo playing”, Block’s solo performances offer a rich mixture of core classical repertoire, folk music, songs, and original compositions. Mike is member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble (SRE), having joined in 2005 while a student at The Juilliard School. Touring extensively throughout the world with SRE, he has been featured as cello and vocal soloist, contributed arrangements and compositions, and earned a Grammy Award in 2017 for their album, Sing Me Home. As an educator, Mike is passionate about creativity and collaboration, and is the founding director of Silkroad’s Global Musician Workshop, and the Mike Block String Camp, and is on faculty at Berklee College of Music and New England Conservatory.

Yari Bond has been a performer, chamber musician and teacher for over 40 years. A graduate of Juilliard she was a student of Leonard Rose. Presently she teaches cello and chamber music at Columbia University, Special Music School and the Young Artists Program at Kaufman Music Center in NYC. She is the founder and artistic director of the Concerts Con Brio Series; Celebrating Young Artists.

Madeleine Golz has taught in the PreCollege of the Manhattan School of Music since 1985 and is also on the faculty of the Thurnauer School of Music in Tenafly, New Jersey. Her students have been prize winners in many local, national and international competitions and many have gone on to successful careers in music.
Sandy Kiefer has a Masters Degree from New England Conservatory. She completed her Suzuki training through book ten at the Chicago Suzuki Institute and Hartt College. As an active freelance cellist she played with the Boston Ballet, Rhode Island Philharmonic, Hong Kong Chamber Orchestra, and Viterbo Opera Festival. She has taught at Suzuki Schools and Institutes in Ontario, Colorado, Hong Kong, Virginia, Utah, Indonesia, and Oregon.
Dr. Andrea Yun is a member of the Michigan Opera Theatre and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra and performs widely with orchestras and chamber ensembles in Michigan. Andrea is one of 40 Suzuki cello teacher trainers in the Americas, and travels around the country to train teachers and students. Andrea has held positions at the University of Michigan, University of Texas at San Antonio, Bowling Green State University, Pioneer High School, and Okemos Chippewa Middle School. Andrea holds a dual bachelor’s degree in music education and mathematics and master’s in cello performance from Indiana University, and also a doctorate in cello performance and pedagogy from the University of Michigan. Her solo performances have been heard on Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) Radio.
Acclaimed for his independent streak, Jeffrey Zeigler has commissioned dozens of works, and is admired as a potent collaborator and unique improviser. He is the recipient of the Avery Fisher Prize and the Polar Music Prize, among several other high distinctions. His multifaceted career has led to collaborations with a wide array of artists from Yo-Yo Ma and Tanya Tagaq to Philip Glass and Hauschka, and many others. He was the cellist of the internationally renowned Kronos Quartet for eight seasons, and is currently the Co-Chair of the String Department and Professor of Cello at Mannes School of Music. Additionally he is on faculty at the Bowdoin International Music Festival.
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