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Online Cello Events – August 2023

Looking for online cello programs and events for August? Look no further. Want to have your online cello program listed for free? Contact us today. Updated 24 August 2023.

Online Programs and Events

Please note that we have changed to monthly, rather than weekly, listings of events. We will update the listings as we receive more event information, so be sure to check back throughout the month.

25-26 August

What Every String Player Needs to Know About the Body with Alison Wells

Online Cello Events – August 2023

New ideas for the new academic year!
An introduction to Body Mapping for String Players!

The course will explore the anatomy of movement as we play, particularly looking at balance, arm motion and breathing structures. This material, invaluable to performers and teachers, helps alleviate pain, avoid injury, and promote freer playing.

For more information and to reserve a place, please email


27 August

The San Francisco Section of CalASTA presents an Online Teacher Symposium: Getting to the Root of the Problem by Cellist Jonathan Koh, Moderated by Cellist and CalASTA SF Interim President, Kathleen Balfe

Cellist Jonathan Koh surrounded by cellos

Cellist Jonathan Koh

The topics to be covered include:

  • Teaching students to be their own teachers and be independent thinkers
  • Finding the root of all technical issues
  • How to make cello playing easy

Jonathan Koh, cellist, has established himself as one of the most exciting musical entrepreneurs and teachers of this generation. An active soloist, ensemble musician, clinician, and administrator, Jonathan has already laid claim to several groundbreaking musical endeavors. A passionate and dedicated teacher who is gaining international recognition, Jonathan’s students have won countless major competitions and have performed across the globe.

For more information, contact

2 September 7 PM CEST

Discover the Basics of the Celtic Cello – with Clíodhna Ní Aodáin

Online Cello Events – August 2023

FREE Live Training

Create a Celtic Cello Tune

Discover how to:

  • Create effective rhythms to accompany jigs and reels so that you can join an Irish music session anywhere in the world.
  • Use call and response to discover your creativity and tap into the glorious feeling of achievement as you start writing your own tunes.
  • Create a slow air in the Celtic style using one of the typical keys used in Celtic music.
What you’ll learn:

Effective Rhythms

Playing Celtic music is all about community and connection. We will learn how to create effective rhythms to accompany jigs and reels so that you can join an Irish music session anywhere in the world.

Tonal Creativity

Asking questions is a fun way to interact. There are also musical questions to play with. We will use call and response to discover your creativity and tap into the glorious feeling of achievement as you start writing your own tunes.

Tune Writing

Discover the basics of the Celtic Cello from the comfort of your own home with this experiential webinar. We’ll focus on one of the most commonly used keys in Celtic music and explore how to create a simple slow air.

Registration for this event is free.

16 September and 2 December 2023 (Saturdays) | 6.00 PM – 8.15 PM GMT

Online Timeline Series – Cellist Catherine Black

Unsung Heroes Online timeline series

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

23 September, 11 November | 6:00 PM–8:15 PM GMT

All About My Bow – Cellist Catherine Black

All About My Bow

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: £35 per class

Click here to register and get more information.

7 October, 9 December | 6:00 PM–8:15 PM GMT

All About My Bow: A Primer – Cellist Catherine Black

Catherine Black All About My Bow A Primer

The Bow Primer course classes go deeply into technique and are aimed mainly at players newer to the cello. Having said this, we all have holes in our knowledge, so you may want to join this too. As well as technical depth, I will follow up with music for you to put our work into practice, so you have time to cook the ideas and see it all make sense.

Venue: Zoom (waiting room opens at 5.45 PM for tuning)

Fee: £35 per class

Click here to register and get more information.

27-31 December

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 1-5:30 pm Eastern Time
Wed Dec 28 1-5:30 pm Eastern Time
Thurs Dec 29 1-5:30 pm Eastern Time
Fri Dec 30 1-5:30 pm Eastern Time
Sat Dec 31 12-3:30 pm Eastern Time + individual meetings

  • Cello Unit 2

Register here.


The Cello Guild – Cello Courses

The Cello Guild

New classes – plus a chance to earn a free Cello Guild sticker! We recently launched our new Cello Guild site.

  • 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

Go to the Cello Guild.

The Celtic Cello Club

Online Cello Events – 16 June

Do you love the cello? Do you love Celtic music? Would you like to build a new repertoire of tunes that everyone will love?  Would you like to transform your approach to playing the cello and find ease in your playing? The Celtic Cello Club is for you!

One of the best parts of being in The Celtic Cello Club is that YOU are part of the creative process. Your questions, your input, my teaching, our interaction all contribute to this being a unique tailored experience.

  • Each month you will get access to videos, mp3 recordings and sheet music for three new beautiful Celtic Cello tunes.

  • Learn how to mindfully warm up the Body and Spirit for playing the cello.

  • Q & A about any technical issues you might have with sound, string-crossings, position changes, intonation, Celtic style improvisation and more.

  • From September through June there is a 90min Coaching call on the 2nd Saturday of every month.  7 PM (Bern), 1 PM (New York).

  • Join a community of supportive cellists from around the world for a unique learning experience with award-winning Celtic cellist Clíodhna Ní Aodáin.

  • Grow your repertoire and confidence while making new cellist friends all over the world!

  • Cellists of all levels welcome!

Monthly membership is $79, and annual membership is $890. Learn more on the Celtic Cello Club website.

Cello Discovery – Yes, You CAN Learn to Play the Cello Online

Carolyn Hagler - Cello Discovery

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

Online Cello Events – 16 December

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!

Online Cello Events – 16 December

Enter a drawing for a year of free lessons via video exchange with cellist Mike Block. Click here to enter.

Previous Events Still Available

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Your Turn

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