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Curator’s Corner: December 2022

December at the Cello Museum

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December 2022 Curator's Corner

Thank you for joining us at the Cello Museum. It’s December, and we are looking forward to our biggest shared holiday of the year – International Cello Day – on 29 December. This month we also have our Founders Day on the 27th. This year we are celebrating not only the life of Jeremy Montagu, my organology mentor, but also our very own Cello Museum Founders!

We are also working on the final video for our cello project, Carol of the Bells Around the World, and recently released a trailer with a bow handoff around the world. In addition, we are creating more classes on our new Cello Guild site. Please let us know if there are specific topics you’d like us to cover.

The Cello Guild

The Cello Guild

The Cello Guild is an educational division of the Cello Museum, offering resources for cellists. The Guild site opened at the end of November and has several courses available and many more in the planning stages. Guild courses are all online and make great gifts (we even have gift cards). Right now, we’ve got the following courses available.

  • Making a Goritzki Bow Foam by Nancy Green
  • An Introduction to the Celtic Cello by
  • Two position courses in the Fret Not, Dear Cellist series by Erica Lessie
  • Mapping the Cello by Jonathan Simmons

More plans for the Guild include a library of free cello music as well as a sheet music and accessory shop.

New York Women Composers Spotlight: Pamela Sklar

Pamela Sklar

Pamela Sklar. Photo courtesy Pamela Sklar.

Every month, we showcase women composers through our collaboration with the New York Women Composers (NYWC). In the second week of December 2022, we feature composer Pamela Sklar and her work, Day and Night Cannot Dwell Together for unaccompanied cello.

Don’t miss the other articles in the series.

Bellis on Bows – Part 6: Bow Making in the USA and South America

Andrew Bellis in his workshop

After sending Part 5 1/2 in his Bellis on Bows series last month, Andrew continues with Part 6 about bow making in the USA and South America.

While you wait for this next installment in the Bellis on Bows series, you can catch up here on his previous articles.

Book Review and Author Interview

Remember Gill’s strong recommendation on her holiday gift ideas list? Later this month, read our review of The Well-Tempered Cello and interview of author Miranda Wilson.

Spoiler alert: we love her book!

Postcards from Erica – Unaccompanied Cello Works by Black Composers Series

Postcards from Erica December 2022

In the last week of December, Erica Lessie will send us another set in her series of postcards featuring unaccompanied cello works by Black composers. Check out her previous postcards here.

Are you interested in having your piece featured in this or a future series? Please get in touch with us we’d be happy to hear from you.

Celebrate with us!

Celebrate Cello Museum Founders Day and International Cello Day!


This month we are celebrating both our Founders Day (27 December) and International Cello Day (29 December)! Help us celebrate by entering for a chance to win prizes. We’ll have random prize drawings on both days. Details coming soon! Watch for announcements on our social media in our weekly newsletter.

There will be lots of great prizes – Cello Guild courses, T-shirts, hoodies, CDs, stickers, online cello lessons, and more!

International Cello Day Performances

In addition to our prize drawings, we will be celebrating International Cello Day by putting together a YouTube playlist of performances. If you are performing to celebrate International Cello Day this year, please send us a link to your video, so that we can add it to our list.

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