Below are upcoming online events. Be sure to click on the source link for exact details of times, time zones, and ticket prices.
Un Viaggio Fantastico (A Fantastic Journey) – Rezonance Baroque Ensemble
For the first concert of the season, we bring you a magnificent online journey through Baroque Italy!
Core members Rezan Onen-Lapointe (violin) and David Podgorski (harpsichord) lead you on a musical journey through Italy with two familiar collaborators – in-demand freelancer Erika Nielsen on Baroque cello and dynamic multi-instrumentalist Benjamin Stein on theorbo and lute. Together, they will take you across terrain that includes some of the earliest works composed for solo Baroque violin to the chamber works of the later high Baroque via period composers from all over the region – from Venice (Dario Castello; Antonio Vivaldi), to Modena (Bellerofonte Castaldi); and Florence (Francesco Maria Veracini) to Milan (Giovanni Paolo Cima).
Join Rezan and Dave before the concert online for an informative and entertaining introduction, as well as afterward for an interactive Q&A session.
Tickets are CA $16.93.
17 October 7:30 PM EDT
CelloBello Honors Founder Paul Katz With Gala Concert, and Hosts First Charity Auction
The acclaimed music education website, CelloBello.org, will celebrate Founder and Artistic Director Paul Katz‘s 80th Birthday in its annual gala concert event on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at 7:30 p.m. EDT. The concert will bring together a star-studded cast of performers who have been impacted by Katz’s teaching, coaching, and collegiality throughout his career. Proceeds from the event will provide needed financial support of CelloBello’s programs and digital resources.
CelloBello’s 2021 Gala Concert will be a hybrid event. The public can attend in person at Burnes Hall on the campus of Boston’s New England Conservatory, followed by a reception at SRV Boston, one of Boston’s finest restaurants. For those who prefer to attend virtually, tickets are available for the livestream event, which will be viewable on demand for up to 72 hours after the event. Performers will include Ian Swensen, Catherine Cho, Molly Carr, Edward Gazouleas, Astrid Schween, Natasha Brofsky, Jeffrey Zeigler, Pei-Shan Lee, the Balourdet, Harlem and Borromeo String Quartets… and even more surprise guests.
In-person ticket sales will be available until October 16. Individual tickets are now available for purchase. Ticket prices begin at $100 (USD) for the livestream and $150 (USD) for the in-person event.
21 October 7:30 PM EDT
Collaborations: Halley Elwell with special guest Nora Willauer
Cellist Nora Willauer of the Push Farther Project joins singer-songwriter Halley Elwell for an evening of original music and fun covers.
About this event
Halley is very excited to welcome her dear cousin Nora Willauer to the virtual stage for an evening of vocal harmonies, keys, and beautiful cello. We’ll be visiting original music from Halley and as well as cover songs that are special to them both.
Tickets are $13.
Online Programs and Events
6 September – 25 October
Comprehensive Orchestral Audition Preparation
Designed to dramatically advance the skills you need to play your best under pressure in the unpredictable world of orchestral auditions. COAP is the only audition preparation intensive that combines continuous one-on-one feedback at the highest level with an energizing studio dynamic in one course.
Auditions require technical competency, instrumental athleticism, ability to sound beautiful and effortless under intense pressure, laser focus, calm mind, and preparation for unexpected hurdles. Costs of airfare, hotels, meals, lessons, cancelled work, and other lost performance opportunities mean you want to maximize your potential for success when committing to an audition.
COAP will give you the experiential training needed to succeed at your audition while working with your existing schedule.
Our unique program offers the highest level of one-on-one personal feedback from musicians who have successfully navigated the audition process in front of and behind the screen. We fully utilize a highly energized studio-like environment providing feedback through numerous peer trials that will illustrate your current and potential capabilities. Demonstrating how implementing and consolidating the feedback you receive from COAP teachers and peers will prepare you for the rigorous audition process.
Visit the COAP website for registration information.
13 November and 11 December, 6 – 8:15 PM GMT
Online Time Line Series
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 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 you 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.
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.
Click here for more information.
Click here to sign up.
18-22 October 9 AM PDT
Free Five Day Cello Master Class – The Cello Guru
Back By Popular Demand! CelloYoga Livestream Workshop!
In this workshop Mea the Creative Cellist will help cellists discover ways to reduce tension in their playing so that they can play with more flexibility, freedom and focus without increasing practice time.
This is an interactive experience and participants are encouraged to bring their cellos.
We will explore the following topics:
-How To Develop a More Relaxed Vibrato so that you can play with more expression
-How to Get Your Left Hand to Cooperate even if you have small hands, oddly shaped fingers, arthritis or other limitations
-How To Tame Your Bow so that you can play faster, especially while crossing strings.
Bonus Topic: Using Your Bow For Creative Expression.
There will be a Q and A at the end of the session. Participants are encouraged to submit their questions beforehand on the facebook event page so that they can be guaranteed a response!
Please bring your cello and an open mind! Be ready to have fun!
1-14 November (18 October application deadline)
Audition Preparation Workshop
CelloBello is thrilled to announce the return of the Audition Preparation Workshop (Nov. 1st to Nov. 14th)!
Drawing on their vast experiences as soloists, chamber musicians, and world-renowned teachers, this two-week intensive features master classes, private lessons, and panel discussions centered around helping young students prepare for their upcoming undergraduate auditions. Our workshop faculty include:
- Astrid Schween (The Juilliard School)
- Edward Arron (University of Massachusetts Amherst)
- Julia Lichten (Manhattan School of Music)
- Laurence Lesser (New England Conservatory)
- Norman Fischer (Shepherd School of Music at Rice University)
- Paul Katz (New England Conservatory)
- Seth Parker Woods (University of Buffalo and the Kaufman Music Center in New York City)
- Steven Doane (Eastman School of Music)
Whether you are a high school student planning ahead for upcoming undergraduate auditions, a seasoned teacher looking to help prepare your students, or a parent seeking audition guidance for their child, this workshop is designed to give you tools to demystify the conservatory and music school audition process and to help you play a fantastic audition for the school of your dreams.
Tuition is $500 after acceptance. Click here for more information.
Fiddle Hell Online
To keep us safe, we reimagined Fiddle Hell as an online festival and music camp in November, 2020. It was an exciting new way for our music community to reconnect during the pandemic. 35 concerts, 35 jams and 165 workshops were all live, with video replays for the next 3 months. Although we missed seeing our musical friends face-to-face, and jamming with them in the hallways, we had front-row seats for every virtual session, and were joined by new attendees and instructors from around the world!
We had such a good time that we ran a second Fiddle Hell Online on April 15-18, 2021!
And now Fiddle Hell Online is happening for the third time on November 4-7, 2021! We have many new instructors and almost all new sessions. The November FHO will have 175 live workshops to learn from, 35 live concerts to enjoy, and 35 live jam sessions to join on Zoom, for fiddle, mandolin, cello, guitar, old-time banjo, & singing. Other instruments and listeners are welcome, too. All sessions can be replayed (and slowed down) for the next FOUR months (until March 8, 2022). Fiddle Hell instructors — experienced & supportive teachers, and wonderful & inspiring players — will cover Bluegrass, Blues, Cajun, Cape Breton, East European, Electric, Irish, Jazz, Jazz Manouche, Klezmer, Latin, Mexican, New Acoustic, New England, Old-Time Southern, Québécois, Scottish, Swedish, and Swing styles.
Registration is $144 for adults, $130 for seniors (65+), and students (up to 25) with discounts for additional family members.
27 November 6 – 8:15 PM GMT
All About My Bow
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.
Click here for more information.
Click here to sign up.
21 December 2021 (application deadline 15 December 2021)
Online International Clara Schumann Competition
The International Clara Schumann Competition 2021 is an online music competition which aims to fully challenge the virtuosity and artistic excellence of performers for piano, strings, voice and chamber music of all nationalities and countries.
Through this online music competition, we hope to provide an opportunity for developing musicians worldwide to perform in a formal, challenging yet supportive atmosphere. The goal is to provide young musicians a forum to challenge themselves musically, and to share their music. Winners also have the opportunity to be featured in our online concert, and social media.
19-23 January (29 November application deadline)
International Instrument-making Competition (Cello)
Musée de la musique/Philharmonie de Paris and Talents & Violon’celles
From 19 to 23 January 2022 at the Philharmonie de Paris
In January 2022, in partnership with the association Talents & Violon’celles, the Musée de la musique/ Philharmonie de Paris is organising an international instrument-making competition exclusively dedicated to the cello. Programmed at the same time as the 10th String Quartet Biennial, this event follows in the tradition of the many international instrument-making competitions that Paris has hosted.
Promoting contemporary excellence and developing future talents
Open to professionals as well as to students of instrument-making schools, the Talent Makers Instrument-making Competition is composed of two different parts organised in parallel:
Jury and Prizes
A jury composed of eminent musicians and personalities from the world of instrument-making will judge the craftsmanship of the participants as expressed by the instruments themselves and how they sound. Six prizes will be awarded to professionals, and three prizes will be awarded to students with one instrument joining the collection of facsimiles at the Musée de la musique. The finals and semi-finals will be organised as a real rendezvous with the public of the 10th String Quartet Biennial.
Opening date for submissions: now opened
Closing date for submissions: Monday 29 november 2021
Competition rules and Submission of applications avalable soon
For more information, click here.
9 May – 4 June 2022 (application deadline 8 December 2021)
Queen Elisabeth Competition (Cello)
Five years after the huge success of the very first Queen Elisabeth Cello Competition, we will hold a new session for cellists. The second cello competition will take place from 9 May to 4 June 2022. This session was originally planned for May 2021, but is postponed for a year due to the postponement of the piano competition.
Cellists interested in participating, can now consult the requested repertoire, the entry conditions and read more information about the competition rounds in the rules of the 2022 cello session.
Online application : opens in November 2021
Application deadline : Wednesday 8 December 2021 12:00 (noon) GMT
Age limit : In order not to disadvantage the young musicians preparing for this second edition, the age limit for candidates is raised by one year. Hence, candidates are aged at least 18 and have not yet reached the age of 31 (instead of 30) on 31 December 2021 (i.e. they must be born after 31 December 1990 and before 1 January 2004).
The applications will be done entirely online, through the ‘APPLY’ section of our website.
If you have questions after having read the rules, please do not hesitate to send us an e-mail at application[a]queenelisabethcompetition.be.
27-28 May 2022 (1 February 2022 application deadline)
2022 Washington International Competition for Strings
We hope you will join the FMMC Foundation for the 2022 Washington International Competition for Violin, Viola, and Cello! In its 69th year, the WIC provides renowned jurors offering individual advice and feedback to all semifinalists. See below for important deadlines, details, and more.
To apply, visit app.getacceptd.com/wic.
Dates and Information
- Application Open: September 15, 2021
- Application Deadline: February 1, 2022
- Semifinalists Notified: March 1, 2022
Semifinals take place in-person at George Washington University in Washington, DC, on both Friday, May 27, and Saturday, May 28, 2022, from 9 AM to 5 PM.
Finals take place in the Terrace Theater of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, on May 29, 2022, at 2 PM.
For more details and prize information, visit the FMMC website.
Cellists and teaching colleagues gather to explore the advanced and intermediate repertoire, history, and technique of the cello. It is an online, international weekly gather taught by Wendy Warner, Jonathan Kramer, and Lisa Liske.
16 October – Lisa Liske, Jonathan Kramer, and Wendy Warner
23 October – Anthony Elliott
Visit The Cello Camerata website for registration and tuition information.
16 & 23 October 11-noon EDT
The Junior Cello Camerata
The Junior Cello Camerata offers intermediate cellists of all ages (including adult amateurs) masterclass lessons, or the opportunity to observe rather than perform solos, as well as a twenty-minute weekly technique class for all with cellos in hand. It is an online, international weekly gather taught by Wendy Warner, Jonathan Kramer, and Lisa Liske.
Teachers may observe for free. All others may audit for one week for free before registering for a four-week session. Visit The Cello Camerata website for registration and tuition information. Scholarships are available.
Face-to-face and videoconference classes: Approach to Latin American popular music with the cello
Harmony, Cipher, Chords, Arpeggios, Scales and Fingering Patterns
Rhythmic Harmonic Base
(+54 9 11) 5150-3805
Cello Yoga with Mea the Creative Cellist
Journaling With Cello For Grounding & Positivity
Welcome to this 8-day course on Insight Timer, which focuses on journaling with cello for grounding and positivity. Over the course of seven days, The Wong Janice will take you through seven different themes, each with its own unique writing prompts and with the beautiful sounds of deep cello music, designed to inspire you to write freely with full awareness from your heart while harnessing the power of journaling for healing.
The themes covered are:
By the end of the course, you will have covered seven journaling exercises, and with daily practice, learn to express yourself better and understand who you are at a higher level, bringing more stability in your life, and feeling more grounded and calm from within.
For more information on this and other courses by The Wong Janice, click 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.
Previous Concerts Still Available
Available through 16 October 11:59 PM EDT
Alisa Weilerstein cello – Bach and Osvaldo Golijov
The American cellist has been the recipient of awards including the Leonard Bernstein Prize at the 2006 Schleswig-Holstein Festival, and five years later a MacArthur Foundation ‘genius grant’. Her diverse repertoire takes in contemporary works she has premiered, alongside the classics: Gramophone discerned ‘special qualities’ in her recording of the Bach Cello Suites, allowing ‘each movement of each suite to shine on its own terms’.
Watch the Livestream here (donations accepted).
Available through 31 October 2021
DWB (Driving While Black)
Dwb is the premiere filmed version of the opera by the same name Susan Kander and Roberta Gumbel. Presented by UrbanArias, now celebrating its 10th anniversary. UrbanArias is an opera company dedicated to producing short – 90 minutes or less – contemporary operas.
A solo chamber opera, dwb derives much of its power from the voice of soprano Karen Slack, starring as the various mothers. Slack, who has sung with the Metropolitan Opera and Washington National Opera, among other prestigious opera houses, moves easily from lyric to dramatic sounds and offers theatrical skills to boot.
A two-musician ensemble – composed of cellist Rosanna Butterfield and percussionist Eric Plewinski – is conducted by Robert Wood. Known as an innovator in opera, Wood founded UrbanArias in 2009.
Du’Bois A’keen directed and choreographed the film; Camry A’Keen was the creative director. Both have drawn on their extensive operatic, choreographic, and film backgrounds to bring elements of modern dance and music video production.
Tickets are $15 and allow unlimited viewing through October 31.
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.