Eastman Cello Institute — a three-week program

Cello Group


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Eastman Cello Institute

June 30-July 20, 2019 / Monday-Friday 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. (plus some evening activities and concerts)
Rooms: ESM 514, ESM 442, Ciminelli Formal Lounge

Faculty: Alan Harris, Eastman School of Music; Kathleen Kemp, Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra; Cora Swenson Lee, Trio Speranza

A three-week intensive course designed to help students develop strategies for learning and mastering the cello. Group classes will focus on techniques for healthy playing and longevity at the instrument, as well as techniques specific to solo and orchestral repertoire. Students will receive lessons with faculty members, participate in injury prevention classes, and have opportunities to perform in bi-weekly performance classes and weekly recitals.

Repertoire covered during the Institute will include Bach suites, sonatas, concertos, and orchestral excerpts; specific pieces will be determined upon acceptance to the program. Students will be working from the Alan Harris Studio Technique Book and the Eastman Orchestral Excerpts Book (free with registration). Participants will be chosen by audition.

Audition requirements:
Please send your biography, résumé, repertoire list, and recording(s) by April 1, 2019. 

  • Short Biography
    • One or two paragraphs about your solo and ensemble experience, awards, honors, etc.
  • A current music résumé and repertoire list
  • Audition Recording
    • One movement of Bach
    • One movement of a solo piece of choice (sonata or concerto recommended)
    • Two orchestral excerpts
    • YouTube link(s) or mp4 file(s) preferred; mp3 file(s) only accepted if video is not available

Click here to upload audition materials to the secure Summer@Eastman dropbox. Documents may also be emailed to the Summer@Eastman office at summer@esm.rochester.edu. To submit audition videos using links, email the links to summer@esm.rochester.edu.

There is no fee to audition for this institute. Audition results will be announced after the April 1 deadline.

Orientation & Cello Ensemble Session: Sunday, June 30 at 6:30 p.m. in ESM 514

Faculty Concerts:
Faculty Trio Concert: Sunday, July 7 at 3:00 p.m. in Hatch Recital Hall
Cora Swenson Lee: Saturday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Hatch Recital Hall
Kathleen Kemp: Monday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Hatch Recital Hall

Participant Concerts:
Cello Ensemble Concert: Saturday, July 6 at 7:30 p.m. in Kilbourn Hall
Bach Suite Concert: Friday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Hatch Recital Hall
Sonata Concerts: Friday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 20 at 3:00 p.m. in Hatch Recital Hall

Planning your arrival and departure:
First scheduled activity: Orientation, Sunday, June 30 at 6:30 p.m. in ESM 514
Last scheduled activity: Participant Concert, Saturday, July 20, 3:00-5:00 p.m.

Professional Development Hours: 100
$5,010 / 3 credits     CRN 19098
$2,000 / noncredit     CRN19082

“A great learning environment with helpful feedback and lessons. Everything is geared towards your personal improvement.” – 2018 participant

Click HERE to apply

Read our blog: Sound, Mind and Body: Alan Harris’ New Summer Cello Institute