Enter our Black History Month Giveaway
We are excited to celebrate Black History Month in the USA with a special giveaway. Wherever you are in the world, please help us celebrate by entering our Black History Month Giveaway for a chance to win a Cello Museum T-shirt and a copy of Gretchen Yanover’s Bridge Across Sound CD.
The giveaway entry form is at the end of the February Curator’s Corner.
28 February 6:30 – 8:30 PM CST
Cellist Sydney Lee with Pianist Chelsea Wang
Cellist Sydney Lee is quickly gaining recognition as an emerging young artist, captivating audiences worldwide. Since her solo debut at age 13 with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, she has performed extensively at major concert halls throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. Sydney is a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music and Northwestern University, where she is currently pursuing her Doctor of Musical Arts degree.
This concert is presented in partnership with Meadowmount School of Music as part of the inaugural Gurrena Fellowship from Meadowmount. Get tickets now.
J.S. Bach: Chaconne, BWV 1004
Francis Poulenc: Sonate pour violoncelle et piano, FP 143
Clara Schumann: 3 Romances Op. 22
Nicolo Paganini: Le Streghe, Op. 8
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1 March 4 PM EST
Join us as we welcome special guest artists – harpist Lily Press and cellist Simon Linn-Gerstein – for their Music & Morsels debut performance, which will include a gorgeous program of pieces including:
- Camille Saint-Saëns, Le Cygne
- Heitor Villa-Lobos, O Canto do Cisne Negro
- Bernard Andrès, Chants d’Arrière-Saison
- Vincenzo Bellini, Nocturne
- Granville Bantock, Hamabdil
- Phillip Glass, Metamorphosis 3
- Rachel Portman, Themes from “Chocolat”: Passage of Time & Vianne Sets Up Shop
Save! Get “Early Bird” pricing before Feb 27th.
Tickets to this online event range from $12.50-$15.00.
3 March 7:30 PM EST
The Artist Diploma (AD) program is NEC’s highest performance program, offering a handful of especially gifted performers the opportunity to deepen and challenge their artistry, broaden their musical perspective, and explore areas of personal and professional growth. AD recitals allow audiences to observe multiple facets of emerging artists.
Online Programs and Events
24 February 12 PM EST
CelloBello to Examine the Life of Classical Musicians in Ukraine
This conversation with Kyiv Contemporary Music Days (KCMD) occurred on Tuesday, February 21, 2023 and premiered on February 24, 2023, the one year anniversary from the start of the full-scale invasion of Ukraine. CelloBello and KCMD held our first recorded conversation on August 24, 2022, Ukraine’s Independence Day and the six-month marker since the full-scale invasion began.
4 March, 13 May, 16 September, and 2 December 2023 (Saturdays) | 6.00 PM – 8.15 PM GMT
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.
Venue: Zoom (waiting room opens at 5.45 PM for tuning)
Fee: £25 per class
13 March 18:00 GMT
Composed some three centuries ago, yet hardly known until the last 100 years, Bach’s Cello Suites have captured the imaginations of music-lovers across the globe. They bear few indications of how they should be played, instead leaving the interpretation to the performer. It is impossible to know the full history of the suites, and this uncertainty has left them shrouded in an air of mystery.
In this fascinating masterclass, Steven Isserlis, the internationally renowned and award-winning cellist, invites you to explore the suites. As well as hearing excerpts, you will begin to discover the story of the suites – why they languished in obscurity for so many years, and whether there might be an underlying narrative to the music.
Steven’s book The Bach Cello Suites: A Companion is available to pre-order in paperback. You can purchase a book and ticket for the combined price of £58.52 including P&P. The book is due to be published in March 2023.
Registration starts at £51.83. For more information, click here.
25 March, 22 April, 3 June, 23 September, 11 November | 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
2, 9, 23, 30 April 10 AM ET
Join Professor Peled for four 60-minute sessions via Zoom. This is a group class where you learn the principles and techniques found in his book, “The First Hour — A Cellist’s Daily Technical Regimen.” Play along with Professor Peled as he demonstrates live the exercises that will help take your playing to the next level. Each session is recorded in high quality and your registration fee gives you access to each session video throughout the duration of the course.
Dates: April 2, 9, 23, and 30, 2023
Time: 10:00 a.m. ET (each session is recorded)
Fee: $500 USD ($400 USD for previous participants in the Amit Peled First Hour Online Courses or Online Cello Academy)
To Register: Send an email to Julia@ctmclassics.com
Required: You will need to purchase a copy of “The First Hour” book by placing your online order here. Please order by March 1, to allow enough time for shipping.
For more information, visit the class website.
31 July -6 August
WFCF Cello Academy 2023 – Online Summer Cello Master Classes
Individual Online Cello Lessons will take place daily from Monday 31st July till Sunday 6th August 2023 @ cca 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (cca 55 minutes slots), online via Zoom or Skype.
San Diego Suzuki Institute Online Suzuki Teacher Workshop
Cello Unit 3 $450.00
December 27 – December 31
Taught by Alice Ann O’Neill
This course is 15 hours with 8 hours of observation time.
Tues Dec 27 1-5:30pm Eastern Time
Wed Dec 28 1-5:30pm Eastern Time
Thurs Dec 29 1-5:30pm Eastern Time
Fri Dec 30 1-5:30pm Eastern Time
Sat Dec 31 12-3:30pm Eastern Time + individual meetings
Cello Unit 2
The Cello Guild – Cello Courses
New classes – plus a chance to earn a free Cello Guild sticker! We recently launched our new Cello Guild site.
Please register before purchasing.
- An Introduction to the Celtic Cello – by Clíodhna Ní Aodáin
- Making a Goritzki Bow Foam – by Nancy Green
- Cello Geography: Mapping the Fingerboard – by Jonathan Simmons
- Fret Not, Dear Cellist – Venturing Beyond First: 2nd and 4th Positions – by Erica Lessie
- Fret Not, Dear Cellist – Moving on Up: 5th and 6th Positions – by Erica Lessie
Cello Discovery – Yes, You CAN Learn to Play the Cello Online
Created by cellist and pedagogue Carolyn Hagler, this program is excellent for beginning and intermediate students wanting to learn online. Innovative and regularly updated, this program impressed Cello Museum team members.
Sign up for Cello Discovery here.
Trad Cello – Tunes and Techniques with Natalie Haas
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.
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