Below are upcoming online events. Be sure to click on the source link for exact details of times, time zones, and ticket prices.
31 August 7:30 PM EDT
Northwestern State University Faculty Recital, Cellist Paul Christopher
Cellist Paul Christopher of Northwestern State University will be joined by keyboard faculty members Chialing Hsieh, Daniel Ley and John Price in a program of French music on Tuesday, August 31 at 7:30 p.m…
Christopher will play Gabriel Faure’s “Elégie,” “Romance in A Minor” and “Sérénade” accompanied by Price and “Sonata in D major for cello and piano” by Vincent D’Indy accompanied by Hsieh. He will also play Darius Milhaud’s “Sonata for Cello and Piano” accompanied by Ley.
Watch the free Livestream here.
1 September 6 PM PDT (available through Jan 1, 2022 12 AM EDT)
The Bach Journey – The Six Suites for Solo Cello
We are joined by 6 amazing cellists who will each play a suite for solo cello written by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750.)
Suite 1: Yoshika Masuda (Sat. April 3, 2021.)
Suite 2: Anita Graef (Sat. April 17, 2021.)
Suite 3: Jonathan Lo (Sat. April 24, 2021.)
Suite 4: Yi Qun Xu (Sat. May 1, 2021.)
Suite 5: Brian Manker (Fri. May 7, 2021.)
Suite 6: Rachel Mercer (Sat. May 8, 2021.)
Purchasing a pass will give you access to ALL SIX RECITALS. 10 minutes before the concert, you will be sent a link in order to watch the concert on YouTube in high definition audio and video. We recommend listening with high quality headphones or comparable speaker system for the best experience.
These compositions by Bach span the entire emotional range of joy, grief, despair, and hope. They are a source of comfort in troubled times.
Streaming passes range from $85.88-$425.36.
Online Programs and Events
27 August 6 PM CET
Mastering the Bow
The Online Cello Academy presents a free Facebook live masterclass to all cellists. Join their Facebook group to gain access to the live masterclass.
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.
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.
11 September 9:30-10:45 AM EDT
11 & 25 September 11 AM – 12 PM 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 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.
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