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Curator’s Corner: January 2023

January at the Cello Museum

2023-01 Curator's Corner

What’s happening this month at the Cello Museum? Find out here.

Happy New Year! Thank you for joining us at the Cello Museum. It’s January, and we are looking ahead to this exciting new year. Our team has been planning wonderful activities for this new year.

We also want to hear from you! What would you like to see at the Cello Museum in 2023?

Carol of the Bells Around the World Cello Project

Last year we worked with many of you on our Carol of the Bells Around the World Cello Project, where we invited cellists to perform the work to promote peace and show support for Ukraine. We released our final video on Christmas Eve of 2022. However, there is still time to participate! Add your video to the comments of our video (see below, and click through to YouTube).

While we worked on the final video, we released a trailer with a bow handoff around the world. Many thanks to all who participated, especially to Professor Jennifer Kloetzel and her students.

We are planning several #cellistsforpeace projects in 2023. Be sure to sign up for #cellistsforpeace updates to receive the details.

Inspired by Paola Beals, the Deaf Cellist

Paola the Deaf Cellist

Paola Beals

This month we feature an interview with the inspirational Paola Beals, who started cello lessons as an adult and is an avid amateur cellist. She loves the cello, enjoys practicing, and has much in common with many adult amateurs. Like most students, she discovered that the cello takes work and dedication to learn to play it. What sets her apart is that she has been deaf since childhood. She tells everyone,

“I am deaf, I can do it, and you can do it. I love the cello!”

Paola truly feels every note, and her love of music and the cello shines through in everything she plays. Get ready to be inspired…

New York Women Composers Spotlight: Rain Worthington

Composer Rain Worthington

Composer Rain Worthington

Every month, we showcase women composers through our collaboration with the New York Women Composers (NYWC). In the second week of January 2023, we are thrilled to feature the wonderful composer who helped launch this series, Rain Worthington, and her work, “Configurations,” for two cellists, or cellist and double bass.

Don’t miss the other articles in the series.

Meet Cellist Carolyn Hagler

Carolyn Hagler

Teaching beginners can be challenging (but extremely rewarding!) at the best of times, and very few teachers would consider attempting it online. However, Cellist Carolyn Hagler has created an innovative and highly successful platform to teach cellists, focusing on beginning and intermediate students.

This month we feature an interview with Carolyn and hear about her remarkable Cello Discovery. Are you thinking about starting the cello or improving your skills? We highly recommend it. Also – we are excited to have her join our Cello Guild Faculty this year!

Bellis on Bows – Part 7: Welcome to the Other New World

Andrew Bellis standing in a doorway holding a bow

Andrew Bellis

Following Part 6 on bow making in North and South America, Andrew Bellis turns to the “new world” of alternative materials used in bow making, replacing traditional woods and horsehair.

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

Postcards from Erica – Unaccompanied Cello Works by Black Composers Series

2023-01 Postcards from Erica

In the last week of January, Erica Lessie will bring us another installment 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.

Congratulations to Our Winners!

Celebrate Cello Museum Founders Day and International Cello Day!

Last month we celebrated our Founders Day (27 December) and International Cello Day (29 December). Congratulations to the winners of our prize drawings.

Founders Day

  • Grand prize: Anonymous, USA (hoodie)
  • 2nd place: Amanda, Australia (T-shirt)
  • Runner-up: De, Adelaide, Australia (Sticker)

International Cello Day

  • Grand prize: Mary Boulos, Canada (T-shirt & Nancy Green CD)
  • 2nd place: KC Carney, Pittsburgh, PA (T-shirt)
  • Runner-up: Jennifer Palmer, Charlotte, NC (Sticker)

Winners, please check your email and/or get in touch if you haven’t already heard from us so that we can send you your prizes.

Not a winner this time? Don’t worry. We’ll have more prize giveaways soon, and in the meantime, you can get cello-related merch from our online museum shop. Every purchase supports the Cello Museum.

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