Upcoming Events

Teacher Training Seminar 2024

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Drawing on the vast experiences of a diverse teaching team, this intensive, virtual summer seminar will cover a broad array of subjects relevant to cello teachers at all levels of experience. Topics this year include explorations in shifting and vibrato, practice strategies for busy students, applying Feldenkreis Principles in your teaching, essentials for cello beginners, early steps in developing keyboard visualization, the art of cadenza writing and many, many more. Our classes are designed to bolster pedagogical knowledge and skills, with opportunities for participants to engage directly with our faculty in both formal and informal Q & A settings. Faculty in 2023 include master teachers Paul Katz, Tanya Carey, Mark Churchill, Sandra Halleran, Khari Joyner, Alison Bazala Kim, Kee-Hyun Kim, Ken Kubota, Jisoo Ok, Aristides Rivas, and David Ying.

CelloChat: Robert Jesselson – The Joy of Scales (and Arpeggios!)

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Robert Jesselson is Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Carolina Distinguished Professor Emeritus at the University of South Carolina, where he teaches cello and plays in the American Arts Trio and the Jesselson/Fugo Duo. In 2013 he was named as the Governor’s Professor of the Year by the SC Commission on Higher Education. Dr. Jesselson has performed in recital and with orchestras in Europe, Asia, South America, and the United States, and has participated in the Music Festivals at Nice (France), Granada (Spain), Santiago (Spain), Aspen (CO), Spoleto (SC), the Grand Tetons (WY), and the Festival Inverno (Brazil). His performance degrees are from the Staatliche Hochschule fuer Musik in Freiburg, West Germany, from the Eastman School of Music, where he studied with Paul Katz, and the DMA from Rutgers where he studied with cellist Bernard Greenhouse. He has been principal cello of the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Orquesta-Sinfonica de Las Palmas, Spain.

CelloChat: Brant Taylor – Finding Ease in the Left Hand

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Brant Taylor’s varied career has included solo appearances and collaborations with leading artists in chamber music, orchestral, pedagogical and popular music settings on five continents. Before his appointment to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra by Daniel Barenboim, he was cellist of the Everest Quartet, prize winners at the Banff International String Quartet Competition and the Fischoff Chamber Music Competition, as well as a member of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He made his solo debut with the San Antonio Symphony at the age of 14. A dedicated teacher of both cello and chamber music, Taylor frequently combines performance and pedagogy, conducting master classes and writing articles on a wide variety of musical topics. He is a member of the faculty of DePaul University’s School of Music and serves on the board of cellobello.org, the leading online resource for all things pertaining to the cello. With the Everest Quartet, he performed and taught extensively in North America and the Caribbean and gave the world premiere of a work by Israeli-American composer Paul Schoenfield. He regularly participates in audition-training seminars and mentoring at Miami’s New World Symphony, of which he was a member and to which he has returned to perform as concerto soloist under Michael Tilson-Thomas and Nicholas McGegan.

CelloChat Adult Learner Series: Carolyn Hagler – Learning How to Become Your Best Teacher

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Carolyn Hagler is a lifelong professional cellist and music educator. She is the creator and director of CelloDiscovery.com, a comprehensive online cello course for adults who are learning (or re-learning) how to play the cello. Before the advent of online teaching, Carolyn worked with hundreds of in-person students, starting them off on the right trajectory with her laser-focused understanding of cello pedagogy. Carolyn holds a Masters degree in music performance and is a tenured cellist with the Austin Symphony Orchestra. She has performed on many recordings and movie soundtracks and was one of the earliest members of the New World Symphony in Miami FL.

CelloChat: Julie Sévilla-Fraysse – Finding One’s Musical Identity

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The enchanting resonance of Julie Sévilla Fraysse's cello explores all shores, genres, and epochs, adopting various forms to magnify the essence. She thus embodies classical excellence, elegance, and French modernity. Julie, a bold woman, seeks the stage, that timeless moment where music pauses, silence prevails, and time suspends gracefully. Her passion is to share her music, regardless of partners or context; what motivates her is to offer and be heard in her artistic expression. Listening to Julie is to discover alternative perspectives of beauty, to hear a woman's choice for her independence, a desire that transcends both her personal life and its impact on others. After being a core member of the Republican Guard Orchestra and then the Paris Opera Orchestra, Julie now dedicates herself to her solo career. Her creative spirit and strong desire for expression lead her to regularly perform solo concerts in various venues and festivals in France and internationally (Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, Rosey Concert Hall in Switzerland, Bâtiment des Forces Motrices in Geneva, Gustave Eiffel Salon in Paris, French Embassy in Washington, French House in New York, French Alliance in Malta, etc.). She has already played the major concertos with the Republican Guard Orchestra, the Toulon Opera Orchestra, and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Morocco, and also performs solo programs around J.S Bach and folk music.

CelloChat Adult Learner Series: Billy Tobenkin – Vibrato for Adult Learners

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Billy Tobenkin is a professional cellist who started learning the cello from scratch at age 25. He is the founder and owner of adultcello.com where he specializes in teaching other adult learners who found the cello later in life. Through his online courses and popular YouTube channel, he has helped thousands of adults realize not only can they start cello, but that beautiful sound is within reach from DAY ONE. His teaching is infused with positivity, humor, and extremely helpful, fun analogies that draw upon his first bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing from Cornell University. Recently, he has written feature articles in The Strad Magazine that explore the psychological landscape of adult learning and how to maximize one’s learning potential (both his article and podcast interview in June of 2022 with The Strad were “Best of 2022”).

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