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Online Cello Events – September 2023

Looking for online cello programs and events? Look no further. Updated 21 September 2023.

Welcome to our monthly listings of events. We update the listings as we receive more event information, so be sure to bookmark this page and check back often. Want to have your online cello program listed for free? Contact us today.

Online Programs and Events

 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.

30 October-12 November

Cello Bello Audition Preparation Workshop 2023

Online Cello Events – September 2023

CelloBello’s Audition Preparation Workshop is a virtual seminar designed to help prospective undergraduate and graduate students prepare for their school auditions, including the prescreening process. This two-week intensive features masterclasses, private lessons, and panel discussions, all centered around empowering students with the tools to succeed in their auditions.

Our stellar faculty demonstrate a broad and diverse range of careers as soloists, chamber musicians, and master teachers. All participants receive a mix of private
lesson and masterclass opportunities, in addition to engaging with the faculty in panel discussions. Come learn with the best!

  • Julie Albers (McDuffie Center for Strings, Mercer University; Principal, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra)
  • Horacio Contreras (University of North Texas; Strings of Latin America)
  • Hans Jørgen Jensen (Northwestern University, The Royal Conservatory of Music)
  • Paul Katz (New England Conservatory; Cleveland Quartet)
  • Yeesun Kim Kitchen (New England Conservatory; Borromeo String Quartet)
  • Kee-Hyun Kim (Harvard University; Parker Quartet)
  • Daniel McDonough (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign; Jupiter String Quartet)
  • Astrid Schween (The Juilliard School; Juilliard String Quartet)
  • Brinton Averil Smith (Rice University; Principal, Houston Symphony)
  • Brant Taylor (DePaul University; Chicago Symphony)
  • Brandon Vamos (University of Indiana; Pacifica Quartet)
  • David Ying (Eastman School of Music; Ying Quartet)
  • Jeffrey Zeigler (University of Miami)

Please note:

  1. All events (Monday-Sunday) will be held between 6:30 pm and 10:00 pm ET.
  2. All private lessons will be scheduled based on mutual availability between the teacher and student.
  3. Panel discussions and masterclasses will be recorded for those that are unable to attend live.

for student participants

Upon acceptance into the workshop, participants:

  • Will receive two opportunities for individual feedback, either through private lessons, masterclasses or a combination of the two. Every student will have at least one private lesson.
  • Can attend all masterclasses and participate in all panel discussions.
  • Will have access to archived footage of group classes and panel discussions for later viewing, available through the end of 2023.

CelloBello will accept as many students as possible, but must limit enrollment in order to keep the workshop as personal and valuable as possible for each individual student. Any student that we are unable to accommodate into the full program will have the opportunity to participate as an auditor (see ‘For Auditors’ section below). Financial assistance will be available for these acceptances.

Video Application Requirements

2 contrasting works totaling ~8-10 minutes of music. Piano accompaniment is encouraged but not required, where applicable.
Applications for students are due by 11:59pm EDT on October 17th 2023!

Fee Structure

Application: Free
Tuition: $600 after acceptance
Financial Assistance: Available to accepted participants who demonstrate need.

To apply or learn about auditing, visit the CelloBello website.

2 December 2023 (Saturday) | 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

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.

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

Please see Wigmore Hall’s Video Library of Past Livestreams

Wigmore Hall Video Library

Your Turn

In the comments below, let us know about your favorite online events and concerts. Have an event or concert you’d like listed? Please get in touch.