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VCA Session II: Advanced

Alan Rafferty, Artistic Director & Cello Faculty

Alan Rafferty, University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music cello faculty member, is rapidly gaining recognition as a preeminent musician and master teacher.  In demand as a clinician around the world,

Dr. Sarah Kim, Executive Director & Cello Faculty

Miami University Assistant Professor of Cello, Dr. Sarah Kim, leads a vibrant and diverse career as performer, educator, and arts administrator.

Amir Eldan

Amir Eldan performs as a soloist, chamber musician and as guest principal cellist. He served as Principal Cellist of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and as guest Principal Cellist with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

Rosemary Elliott

Rosemary Elliott, Assistant Professor of Cello at the Eastman School of Music, has an active performing schedule as both an orchestral and chamber musician. As principal cellist of the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra in Ithaca, New York she also serves on the artistic advisory board of that organization.

Paul Katz, Master Class & Tech Class

Paul Katz is known for his 26-year career as cellist of the internationally acclaimed Cleveland Quartet; as a world-renown teacher of his instrument; for his featured role mentoring young cellists in the made for PBS film Talent Has Hunger; and as Founder and Artistic Director of CelloBello.org, the world’s leading online resource center for cellists.

Melissa Kraut

Co-head of the cello department at the Cleveland Institute of Music, Dr. Melissa Kraut is recognized as one of the leading pedagogues of her generation. Having developed and trained some of the outstanding young musicians of today, Dr. Kraut has demonstrated a unique ability to teach all ages and stages of dedicated students, helping them reach their highest potential both at and away from the cello. 

Ted Nelson, Faculty

Theodore Nelson is a member of the cello section in the Cincinnati  Symphony Orchestra.  Prior to this engagement,

Joel Krosnick, Master Class & Tech Class

As cellist in the Juilliard String Quartet from 1974 to 2016, Joel Krosnick has performed the great quartet literature throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and recorded it for the Sony Classical, Wergo, and CRI labels.

Astrid Schween, Master Class and Tech Class

Cellist Astrid Schween has gained a rich following and enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber artist and teacher. Since joining the Juilliard String Quartet in 2016, she has appeared at many of the world’s great concert halls including Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, the Vienna Musikverein, Berlin Konzerthaus, Wigmore Hall, Tokyo’s Yamaha Hall, at Lincoln Center, The 92nd Street Y, Ravinia, Tanglewood, the Kennedy Center, and in Hong Kong, Singapore, Greece, China, Spain, Holland, Denmark, Norway and throughout Canada and the US.

Alan Stepansky, Master Class and Tech Class

Alan Stepansky is recognized as one of the most gifted and versatile cellists of his generation.  After a distinguished orchestral career playing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, serving as Principal Cellist of the Boston Pops, and culminating in a ten-year tenure as Associate Principal Cellist of the New York Philharmonic, he is in demand as a soloist, chamber musician, principal cellist, and recording artist. 

Dr. Nick Curry

Dr. Nick Curry is the Associate Professor of Cello at the University of North Florida. At UNF, he also serves as the coordinator of scholarships and admissions for the music department and is also the string area coordinator.

Kirsten Cassel Greer

Kirsten Cassel Greer (cello) completed Suzuki pedagogy training with Tanya Carey, Gilda Barston and Rick Mooney, and additional studies with Irene Sharp.