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Virtual Cello Academy

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.

Avi Friedlander, Cello Faculty

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.

Paul Katz, Session III

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.

Johannes Moser, Session III

German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser has performed with the world’s leading orchestras such as the Berliner Philharmoniker, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, BBC Philharmonic at the Proms…

Ralph Kirshbaum, Session III

The distinguished career of Texas-born cellist Ralph Kirshbaum encompasses the worlds of solo performance, chamber music, recording, and pedagogy, and places him in the highest echelon of today’s cellists.

Alex Croxton, Guest Faculty

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

Amy Barston, Session III

Cellist Amy Sue Barston was born in Evanston, Ill., and has appeared as a concerto soloist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Rockford Symphony, Prometheus Chamber Orchestra, Chicago Chamber Orchestra…

Dr. Nick Curry, Guest Faculty

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.

Dr. Erin Ellis, Guest Faculty

Cellist Erin Ellis leads a versatile career as a performer and teacher.  She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across the United States as well as in Canada, Chile, Italy, and Holland. 

Minna Rose Chung, Guest Artist

Korean-American cellist Minna Rose Chung, Associate Professor of Cello joined the Desautels Faculty of Music in 2008. Dr. Chung continues to enjoy an international career in all performance milieus, has taught master classes across four continents, and is a frequent guest artist at music festivals worldwide.

Zachary Sweet, Guest Faculty

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.

Nancy Hair, Guest Artist

Cellist Nancy Hair enjoys a teaching and performing career
which has taken her to Europe, Asia, South America and
across the United States.

Pamela Devenport, Session II

Internationally recognized lecturer and master teacher Pamela Devenport has shared her unique blend of expertise and experience with hundreds of people in string communities throughout the world. Her book, Cellostart, has been very successful in more than twenty countries.

Kirsten Cassel Greer, Guest Faculty

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

Dr. Meredith Blecha-Wells, Guest Faculty

Praised for her “beautifully full and lyrically strong tone” by Gramophone Magazine, Meredith Blecha-Wells is a sought-after performer and instructor. 

Natasha Brofsky, Session II

Cellist Natasha Brofsky enjoys a performing and teaching career which has taken her to China and Europe as well as to many cities in the US.

Clive Greensmith, Session I

From 1999 until its final season in 2013, Clive Greensmith was a member of the world-renowned Tokyo String Quartet, giving over one hundred performances each year in the most prestigious international venues,

Melissa Kraut, Session I

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. 

Mark Kosower, Session II

A modern player with a “signature sound” and distinctive style of playing, cellist Mark Kosower embodies the concept of the complete musician performing as concerto soloist with symphony orchestras, in solo recitals, and as a much admired and sought-after chamber musician.