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Curator’s Corner: November 2023

November at the Cello Museum

Cello November - Curator's Corner November 2023

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


November is here, and we’ve got a busy schedule at the Cello Museum.

Simple Gifts Cello Project

Simple Gifts Project for Rise Against Hunger

As we prepare for Thanksgiving in the USA, the Cello Museum is thrilled to partner with the charity Rise Against Hunger to help raise money to feed those who are hungry. The project is open now and entries are due by 1 December 2023.

Cellists of all levels (from beginners through professionals) can participate by sending a video performance of one of the parts of our arrangement of the traditional Shaker tune, “Simple Gifts.” We will combine these contributions to make a virtual, international cello orchestra performance of “Simple Gifts” for the final video.

There is no fee to participate, but we suggest that everyone who takes part donates directly to Rise Against Hunger. Gather your friends and family together in a team to support your participation in the project through donations to Rise Against Hunger. Who will raise the most to turn cello music into meals?

Prepare for the Holidays with the Cello Museum

Cello Museum Holiday Gift List

November is here, and we’re getting ready for the winter holidays, especially the one we all share—International Cello Day. We’ve got gift ideas for all of the music lovers in your life. Later this month, we will release our annual holiday gift wish list.

Have your own favorites? Want your product included on our list? Please get in touch soon, so that we have a chance to consider your suggestions.

If you are going to do your holiday shopping in our online museum shop, please keep in mind that everything in our store is printed just for you—so please plan ahead. If you are ordering gifts to be shipped to addresses in the USA, please order by 8 December to ensure your gifts arrive before 25 December. If you are shipping to addresses outside of the USA, please order soon, and feel free to ask us about estimated shipping times for your location.

New Classes at the Cello Guild

The Cello Guild

Later this month at the Guild, we are launching new classes! New classes include:

  • An 8-week seminar on Bach Suite No. 1 for unaccompanied cello (live, Zoom class)
  • A one-on-one, personalized end-of-year cello “tune-up” and goal-planning session for 2024 (live sessions via Zoom)
  • Registration for next summer’s beach cellofest (live, in-person week-long event)

Be sure you are subscribed to our weekly newsletter mailing list if you are interested in these new offerings. If you want more immediate news (not just the weekly newsletter), please sign up for the dedicated Guild emails.

New York Women Composers Spotlight: Judith Lang Zaimont

Judith Lang Zaimont NYWC Spotlight

In the second week of every month, we showcase one member of the New York Women Composers (NYWC) who has composed music for the cello. This month, we’ll highlight Judith Lang Zaimont and her dramatic TANYA Poems for unaccompanied cello. Learn more about this piece and this wonderful composer.

Catch up on the other articles in the series.

Janet Horvath and Her Remarkable Book: The Cello Still Sings

Later this month, read our interview with the fabulous cellist and author Janet Horvath to learn more about her book, The Cello Still Sings: A Generational Story of the Holocaust and of the Transformative Power of Music. Plus, there will be a chance to win a signed copy of the book and a Cello Museum T-shirt!

Postcards from Erica

Postcards from Erica Nov 2023

In the last week of November, Erica Lessie will send us the ninth installment in her series featuring unaccompanied cello works by Hispanic and Latino/Latina composers. While you wait, you can explore her postcards highlighting works by Black composers, her series spotlighting women composers, or revisit all of her postcards.

Two Giveaways and a Photo Contest


How do you Cello Museum? Send us a photo of you with your favorite Cello Museum item (maybe from our new Bach Suite Life or Simple Gifts collections) and enter into a drawing for a $50 gift card to the Cello Museum store! Full contest rules are in the September Curator’s Corner.

Our newest giveaway opportunity celebrates the release of a new recording of the Bach Cello Suites by the extraordinary Valérie Aimard. One lucky winner will receive a free copy of the CD and a “Bach: Suite Life” t-shirt from the Cello Museum. The prize drawing will take place on 22 November. Good luck!

Later this month, look for a giveaway of a signed copy of Janet Horvath’s book, The Cello Still Sings, along with a Cello Museum T-shirt.

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