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VCA Session II: Intermediate

Avi Friedlander, Intermediate Program Director

Widely known as a Suzuki cello workshop and institute clinician, Avi Friedlander teaches a variety of methods from classical to jazz and rock. Mr. Friedlander is the director of the Barston Suzuki Center at the Music Institute of Chicago and a Suzuki teacher trainer.

Alex Croxton

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Alex Croxton began his cello studies at the age of twelve. Alex went on to continue his studies at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University

Rick Mooney

Rick Mooney grew up in a musical family where he began studying piano at age 5 and cello at age 8. He is also the founder and director of the National Cello Institute which sponsors a Summer Institute, a Winter Workshop and publishes music for cello ensembles.

Melissa Solomon

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Melissa Solomon grew up in a family of professional musicians where she developed an early passion for both performance and teaching. She immigrated to the United States to study at Interlochen Arts Academy.

Zachary Sweet

Zachary Sweet is currently instructor of cello at Nazareth College, Binghamton and Colgate Universities, and on the faculties of Ithaca Talent Education and Music Together of Ithaca.