Our Catherine Black Online Cello Course Giveaway is Now Closed for Entries
To accompany last month’s interview with her, Catherine Black is giving away two free online cello courses! In addition, the Cello Museum is giving away a T-shirt to each winner and a sticker to each runner-up. We held the first prize drawing on 18 May, and the second prize drawing on 17 June.
- Winners of Prize drawing on 18 May 2022
- Winner: Angie Sutliff, WI, USA
- Ilay, UK
- Aimee, ID, USA
- Winners of Prize drawing on 17 June 2022
- Winner: Judy and Rob Fine-Edelstein, Lexington, MA, USA
- Edel Taylor, Australia
- Aimee Shipman, Boise, ID, USA
Course winners may choose a date later in 2022 if they cannot attend the course they’ve won.
The Cello Guild Courses
Starting 1 July!
Fret Not, Dear Cellist: Classes specifically for adult students
This July and August, we begin with four courses designed especially for adult cello students in a series taught by our very own Erica Lessie (of Postcards from Erica) called “Fret Not, Dear Cellist.” These courses cover cello positions and offer options for face-to-face online learning, anonymous watch-only participants, and, particularly for our friends spread around the world in different time zones, an opportunity for asynchronous learning.
Get more information here.
Reserve Your Place
Places are limited for the face-to-face option. Be sure to register your interest to make sure you get a spot on the course.
In Classeek’s final concert of the season, pianist Kim Bernard and cellist Gautier Capuçon join forces to perform on 22nd June.
7:30 PM CET
Chopin: Ballade No.4, Op.52 in F minor; Berceuse, Barcarolle
Debussy: Reflets dans l’eau
Debussy: L’isle Joyeuse
Grieg: Sonata for Cello and Piano in A minor, Op.36, I. Allegro agitato
Register for this free event here.
Online Programs and Events
Yuriy Leonovich, expert editor, arranger, and cellist, will be presenting a live talk entitled, “Deciphering the Mysteries of UNCG’s Cello Score Collection,” on Zoom at noon on Friday, 17 June. The Zoom link for this presentation is: https://go.uncg.edu/speakerseries
18 June and 16 July at 2 PM BST
Opening the Practice Toolbox with Gisela Meyer
About this event
- Do you feel you are spending a lot of time practicing with little result?
- Are you stuck learning a particular piece or passage?
- Can you “sort of “play – or sing – your repertoire, you feel that there is more to be discovered and want to know what to do next?
- Don’t wait until you are frustrated and ready to start a bonfire with your music –join this 2-hour online workshop instead!
- Suitable for all musicians who work from sheet music.
- Saturday, once monthly, 11.00-13.00* Online platform: Zoom
- Introduction and presentation of general methods – the three stages of practice 10-15 mins
- Individual sessions masterclass style (active participants) 15 – 20 mins each
- Q&A 15 mins
Prices: Active participant** £15 Passive participant £ 5*A minimum of three active participants is necessary to run the workshop. If no more than three sign up, the workshop will only run for approximately 1.5 hours.**Active participants: Please be prepared to perform a piece or part of a piece, ca 2 mins in length (or shorter), and send me a scan of the sheet music – with bar numbers marked in – prior to the workshop, so I can share it with the group.
New Directions Cello Festival
NDCF is back in action! Join us in person or virtually for a jam-packed weekend of innovative performances, workshops, discussion, and community.
For over 25 years, the New Directions Cello Festival has been dedicated to new and innovative uses of the cello. We’ve created an international forum for the exchange of music and ideas and fostered the growth of the cello in all styles beyond classical music. The cello can now be seen and heard in countless genres of music around the globe.
Stretch your playing and musicianship with a diverse offering of workshops in technique, improvisation, and creativity with a like-minded community of cellists.
Artists include Andrew Yee, Kaitlyn Raitz, Zachary Brown, Marika Hughes, Dave Haughey and Jeremy Harman.
For more information and registration, visit the New Directions Cello Festival website.
25 June, 17 September, 10 December
Online Timeline Series – Cellist Catherine Black
We all want to be as rounded a musician as possible and that’s a pretty big ask. We all have our preferences, and the groups & orchestras we play in, take us down certain paths which enrich and educate us, but sometimes we find a hole in our knowledge!
The Online Time Line Series has really found a place in your lives. Join us to learn more about a remarkable piece of music, its composer, an era, its style that may otherwise have passed you by. Musical architecture, polyphony, phrasing, the place of music in society are all a part of this quest for a better understanding and roundedness.
We will play, discuss & explore from your – the player’s point of view – a particular piece of music from the wide library of Unsung Heroes Cello Ensemble scores. These now range from Josquin and John Taverner (1490–1545), through to Tchaikovsky & Elgar and far into the twentieth century.
Though there are some restrictions online, we can all play using the mute button, though not as a group. This is an exciting opportunity for players to have the chance to play as many parts as they wish as we play together.
You may want to bring a notebook too and I do send out further notes to help you continue the development after the class. I see this as a massive opportunity for us to do detailed work that really moves you on, because we have these apparent restrictions.
Just a thought: you may think a particular composer, (say Josquin for instance) isn’t for you. Don’t rule things out too easily as all these people, whose music I want to share with you, have so much light to shine for us. As cellists, there is so much music we miss because we have so much already written for us. This is an opportunity that I personally have loved developing.
Your score is sent to you on booking your place and there are 15 places per class so we keep the lesson small, detailed and personal.
Do look at all the parts if you can, so you get under the skin of the music.
Fee: £25 per class
27 June-1 July
Paul Rolland String Pedagogy Workshop
Learn from world-renowned string pedagogues
Engage with the ground-breaking pedagogical principles and techniques of Paul Rolland
Discounted Rates available to students and returning participants
June 27–July 1, 2022
Hosted by the University of Illinois School of Music
Based on the overwhelming popularity of the 2021 Workshop, which was presented in a fully online format, we are pleased to again offer the Rolland Workshop as an online experience in 2022. Livestream sessions will take place between 9am and 5pm Central Time. Sessions will also be available for later viewing. Register now to take advantage of these benefits:
- Flexibility regarding whether to engage in the Workshop synchronously or asynchronously
- 5 days of synchronous lectures, demonstrations, panel discussions, and question and answer sessions on Paul Rolland String Pedagogy
- Three-week access to recordings of all Workshop sessions
- Up to 40 hours of Professional Development Hours
- Discount Code for one-year access of streaming of The Teaching of Action in String Playing films
30 June Application Deadline
2022 Buchet International Cello Competition 10-11 October 2022
Application Deadline: 30 June 2022 (23:59:59)
Application Fee: 50 euros
Age limit: Under the age of 29 by the start date of the competition
One of the prizes is this J.P. Bernard cello bow – value 2.200 euros:
2022 Iconnect PRogram
August 1st–5th, 2022
Minimum Level: Intermediate (Breval Sonata in C Major, Op. 40 or equivalent).
There is no maximum level, and advanced students are welcome.
The virtual iConnect experience will include daily private lessons with ICI staff instructors, group classes, and a masterclass with a guest clinician. Additionally, students will have complimentary access to livestream broadcasts of ICI masterclasses and recitals presented by world-class cellists, and opportunities for online social interaction and mentorship with older ICI students.
Click here for more information and to apply.
1-7 August 2022
WALTHAM FOREST CELLO FEST 2022
The 4th WALTHAM FOREST CELLO FEST 2022 in London invites you to the CELLO ACADEMY – Online Summer Cello Master Classes via Zoom / Skype.
Individual Online Cello Lessons will take place daily from Monday 1st August till Sunday 7th August 2022 @ cca 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (cca 55 minutes slots), online via Zoom or Skype.
FRANTIŠEK BRIKCIUS – CELLO, CHAMBER MUSIC
ANNA BRIKCIUSOVÁ – CELLO
Book your One-to-One Cello OnLine Summer Course now (limited number of accepted students). It includes FINAL online performance meeting.
All ages (4-99), levels (Initial Grade, Grades 1-8) and abilities (beginner, student, advanced) are welcome!
22 October, 3 December 2022 | 6:00 PM–8:15 PM GMT
All About My Bow – Cellist Catherine Black
Our bow is our voice. We want it to breathe, speak, dance, sing and emote. This is an infinite subject but we do need to start somewhere! I feel we learn best with clear explanation, demonstration, focus and experimentation.
We will explore in varied ways, how our bow use can become increasingly natural to us – to become truly, an extension of your arm and hand. In going slowly and in detail, you will more truly find your own voice and feel able to express yourself more fully and authentically as a cellist & musician.
This series will build your understanding in stages. Some classes may be repeated too.
The instrument we play is large and physical and we need to know how to use energy well and understand movement because sound follows the movement.
I will send you materials for the class ahead of the day and then afterwards I will send documents that help you consolidate and develop our work. The groups will be small enough that we will be able to work individually too to check things are understood.
Venue: Zoom (waiting room opens at 5.45 PM for tuning)
Fee: £30 per class
Let Natalie Haas teach you some tricks of the trade as well as some great melodies!
Natalie is one of the most sought after cellists playing traditional music today. She and Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser have toured as a duo for twenty years, wowing audiences at festivals and concerts worldwide with their unique sound.
In this series she will teach some bowing techniques when accompanying melody players before moving on to chords and arranging, finishing with some melodies that sit well on the cello.
Although this series is aimed at the cellist, many of the skills and techniques will sit as comfortably on any string instrument.
Click here to learn about membership options.
Win a Year of Free Lessons!
Enter a drawing for a year of free lessons via video exchange with cellist Mike Block. Click here to enter.
Previous Concerts Still Available
Recording Available Following 16 May
Live In-Studio Performance with cellist Brinton Avril Smith from the Sarasota Music Festival
Listen to Classical WSMR as host Russell Gant welcomed the principal cellist from the Houston Symphony; Brinton Avril Smith to our Sarasota Performance and Broadcast Studio. Brinton played Bach for solo cello, and talked about this year’s exciting Sarasota Music Festival. Originally broadcast June 16th, 2022 at 11:00 AM on Florida’s Classical Music Station, WSMR 89.1 & 103.9.
Let us know about your favorite online events and concerts in the comments below. Have an event or concert you’d like listed? Please get in touch.